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Voluntary Organisations should note that the Scottish Government’s new Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme will be effective from 30 November 2010.

The PVG scheme replaces the previous Disclosure scheme.  Third Sector Hebrides Uist hopes to be able to support organisations with these requirements early in 2011.  In the meantime, the information below may be of assistance, or please do not hesitate to contact us at manager@ucvo.org.uk

Guidance, e-learning materials and a self-assessment tool are all available at www.infoscotland.com/pvgscheme.

People who work with children or protected adults and who are doing regulated work, will need to become members of this new scheme over the next four years (from inception at November 2010).

The new scheme offers some practical benefits over the old system under POCSA.  But many of the basic principles remain the same, (albeit with a change of language, e.g. rather than “child care position” the scheme refers to “regulated work”).  In most cases, those who  have required disclosure checks in the past will need to become scheme members at some point in the phasing-in period (over 4 years).

Organisations must also ensure that they have a suitable risk assessment policy and practice in place and do not rely solely on the PVG scheme to protect vulnerable service users.

More information, frequently asked questions, training and guidance materials on the PVG scheme can be found at www.infoscotland.com/pvgscheme .  The PVG Scheme Help Service is:  08700 6096006.  All enquiries can be addressed to pvg.enquiries@scotland.gsi.gov.uk