Child Protection in Scotland
28 February 2011
The Scottish Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act (PVG) 2007 comes into force from 28th February 2011.
Whilst the Independent Safeguarding Authority’s (ISA) jurisdiction is England and Wales, the Scottish Parliament have legislated for a separate scheme for people undertaking regulated activity in Scotland called the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. It was originally due to start on 30th November 2010, but this was postponed and came into effect on 28th February 2011.
The scheme will be operated by Disclosure Scotland. Under the scheme it will be illegal for anybody to place an individual in a role undertaking ‘Regulated Work’ with children and/or vulnerable adults if that person is barred from undertaking such work.
This is subtly different to the ISA scheme, in that it is not mandatory for individuals undertaking Regulated Work to be registered with the PVG Scheme, only that barred individuals are not placed in roles undertaking Regulated Work.
However, for most employers the only way that organisations can confirm that an individual is not barred (from undertaking Regulated Work) is to check whether they are registered with the PVG Scheme and have the Scheme notify them if an individual they employ is subsequently barred.
Teachers based in Scotland are advised that further information is available from DDC who operate a scheme on behalf of the ISTD. Call them on 0845 644 3298 or for further information on Scotland see http://www.ddc.uk.net/about-isa-registration/scotland.