A number of judges have asked why the need to include their National Insurance number on the recent Self Disclosure Form that has been sent to all Panel Judges. A person's National Insurance number is deemed to be "proof of identity", in a similar vein to a Passport, Driving Licence or Birth Certificate. By requesting this information, the Society is requesting proof of identity, which is increasingly a requirement in the world we live in today. However, a number of judges have raised issue with disclosing their National Insurance number. In this instance, the Society has agreed that a judge will not be removed from the Panel should they not wish to disclose the number on the form.
There are two important sections on the Self Declaration form that DO need to be signed however in order for Judges to remain on the Panel, which relate to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and also animal cruelty.
The Society is not undertaking CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks on its judges, however it does reserve the right to do so if the need arises. The Society does CRB check all trustees and some members of staff (role specific).
All completed forms are stored in a locked, secure cupboard and will be shredded at the end of the year.
If you have any questions with regard to the Self Disclosure Form for Judges, please do not hesitate to contact the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.