Protecting vulnerable groups scheme

In February 2011, the Scottish Government introduced a new membership scheme to replace and improve upon the current disclosure arrangements for people who work with vulnerable groups.

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme ) will:

  • help to ensure that those who have regular contact with children and protected adults through paid and unpaid work do not have a known history of harmful behaviour.
  • be quicker and easier to use, reducing the need for PVG Scheme members to complete a detailed application form every time a disclosure check is required.
  • strike a balance between proportionate protection and robust regulation and make it easier for employers to determine who they should check to protect their client group.

The PVG Scheme is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland

The Care Inspectorate, as a scrutiny body, has the following duties:

  1. Ensure that we are satisfied about the fitness of providers and managers of registered services.
  2. Ensure that providers of services implement the PVG scheme appropriately as part of the safe recruitment of the managers and staff of care services
  3. Ensure that we use our power to refer providers and supply information required by DS appropriately.

Read our guidance that sets out how we will achieve these duties and what we expect from providers of care services.


Referrals for consideration to Dislcosure Soctland

For this scheme to work successfully, it is necessary for organisations to pass information to Disclosure Scotland where they consider that an individual may not be suitable to do regulated work so that this can be properly evaluated and appropriate action taken.  Referrals can be made to Disclosure Scotland by employers and regulatory bodies such as the Care Inspectorate. These referrals will then be considered by Disclosure who will assess whether the individual should be barred from regulated work.

Read  our guidance to find out more about refererals, consideration for listing, risk assessment and determinations.