If a Trace Disclosure is received by the Teaching Council from the National Vetting Bureau, then the registered teacher concerned may be subject to the Council's Evidence of Character Process under Section 33 of the Teaching Council Act 2001-2015.
1. The teacher is informed by letter that their case is being put forward for consideration by the Evidence of Character Panel and further information in the form of a personal account of the circumstances pertaining to the disclosure as well as character and employment references are requested from the teacher by the Panel. The Panel may seek additional information at their discretion.
2. When the Panel is satisfied that it has sufficient information, the Panel makes a decision on the teacher's case. The Panel can decide to grant registration, grant registration subject to a condition or refuse to grant registration. The teacher is advised of the Panel’s decision in writing within 21 days of the decision.
3. If the Panel refuses to grant registration or grants registration subject to a condition, the teacher can appeal and request a Review of Decision and Oral hearing. On receipt of the Panel’s decision, the Registration Committee Review Group considers the report of the Panel, any further submissions from the teacher and the case presented at the Oral hearing.
4. If the Registration Committee Group refuses registration or allows registration with conditions, the teacher may appeal to the High Court within 21 days of the date of service of a notice of the Council’s decision. The High Court can confirm/vary/annul the Council’s decision.
5. The Council may, having regard to the information contained in the vetting disclosure of a registered teacher where it is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so, apply to the High Court under section 47 for an order that during the period specified in the order, his/her registration shall be suspended.