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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 13D – Disclosure of information

198.Subsection (1) provides that it is an offence to disclose any information derived from the Register other than in accordance with the regulations under section 13A(2). Subsection (2)(a) provides that the regulations under section 13A(2) may authorise the Scottish Ministers or a registration organisation to disclose information derived from the Register to an adoption agency for the purposes of helping it to find someone with whom it would be appropriate to place a child for whom the agency is acting, or to find a child who is appropriate for adoption by someone for whom the agency is acting. Subsection (2)(b) provides that regulations may authorise the Scottish Ministers or registration organisation to disclose this information: to any person (whether or not established or operating in Scotland) specified in the regulations, for any purpose connected with the performance of functions by the Scottish Ministers or a registration organisation in pursuance of this Chapter; for the purpose of enabling the information to be entered in a register which is maintained in respect of England, Wales or Northern Ireland and which contains information about children who are suitable for adoption or prospective adopters; for the purpose of enabling or assisting that person to perform any functions which relate to adoption; for use for statistical or research purposes; or for any other purpose relating to adoption.

199.Subsection (3) provides that regulations made under section 13A(2) may set out terms and conditions on which information may be disclosed in pursuance of this section; specify steps to be taken by an adoption agency in respect of information received in pursuance of subsection (2); and authorise an adoption agency to disclose information derived from the Register for purposes relating to adoption.

200.Subsection (4) provides that subsection (1) (the offence provision) does not apply to a disclosure of information by or with the authority of the Scottish Ministers.

201.Subsection (5) provides that a person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months, or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both.

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