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Protection of vulnerable groups scheme

It's important that individuals who carry out regulated work with children or protected adults are PVG checked with Disclosure Scotland. That way, we can avoid putting anyone with a known history of harmful or abusive behaviour into a position of trust.

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG)  membership scheme to safeguard children and protected adults came into force in February 2011 and replaces the previous disclosure arrangements. The PVG scheme ends the requirement for multiple checks when people work or volunteer with several organisations.

The PVG scheme also checks a list of those barred from working with protected adults as well as children. It also makes sure that when new information comes to light from the police or justice system that indicates someone might pose a risk to a child or vulnerable adult, that information can be acted on promptly.