The Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme was introduced by the Scottish Government in March 2011. We have produced guidance for our staff, which is also available to providers of care services, about the scheme.

Providers should read the current legislation and Disclosure Scotland Guidance as it is up to providers to make sure that staff working with children and protected adults become members of the scheme, where necessary.

We support Disclosure Scotlands procedure for the gradual introduction of the scheme.

Only new staff or staff appointed to new posts in 2010-11 should be considered for membership. Retrospective checks are to be introduced over the next 2-4 years.