Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme

The Scottish Government's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme implements the provisions outlined in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007, strengthening protection for children and other vulnerable people in Scotland. 

What is the PVG Scheme? 

The PVG Scheme is a registration system for all those who work (paid and unpaid) with children and protected adults in Scotland. The Scheme is designed to help ensure that those who have regular working contact with either children or protected adults, do not have a history of harmful behaviour. The scheme makes it easier for community groups and organisations to determine who they should check to protect their client group.

The legal definitions of people who are protected by the legislation and the PVG Scheme are:-

  1. individuals under the age of 18 (children)
  2. individuals over the age of 16 and who are provided with (and thus receive) Care, Health, Community Care or Welfare Services (these are ‘protected’ adults)

Under the PVG Scheme it is an offence for an individual to do, or seek to do 'regulated work' of the type from which they have been barred from doing.  It is also an offence for an organisation to recruit an individual to do work of the type from which they have been barred. If your community group or organisation is recruiting someone (paid or unpaid) who will be working with children or protected adults, you must ensure that you have an appropriate and valid scheme record for an individual before they take up their position.

The PVG Scheme includes two lists which hold details (known as ‘vetting information’) of individuals whose court convictions mean they are unsuitable for carrying out regulated work with either children or protected adults. Once a person is on one of these lists, they are officially barred (or prohibited) from carrying out that kind of work. 

The Children's List 

The Childrens List holds a record of those who are considered to be unsuitable to work with children and therefore barred from regulated work. Any person who is convicted of any of the 'relevant offences' set out in Schedule 1 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 will automatically be placed under consideration for listing in the children's list. 

The Adults List  

The Adults List holds a record of those who are considered to be unsuitable to work with ‘protected’ adults and therefore barred from regulated work.

A person who is convicted of any of the serious offences set out in the Order made under section 14 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 will automatically be included in both the children's and adult's lists. 

Once an individual becomes a member of the PVG Scheme, Disclosure Scotland will add any new vetting information to their scheme record as and when it arises, rather than simply collating information whenever a disclosure needs to be issued.  Where that information suggests that the scheme member may have become unsuitable to work with children or protected adults, there will be a consideration of the case and if appropriate, the individual will be listed on one or both lists.

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