Volunteer Criminal Disclosures PVG Scheme

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Key Points

This article is designed to give you the most basic information on how Criminal Record Disclosures impact on you and your volunteers. Disclosures and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme are currently being consulted on (May 2018) and may be subject to change in due course. If you need more specific or in depth information you should contact Disclosure Services for further advice. Any volunteer who undertakes Regulated Work is required to be a member of the appropriate PVG Scheme before starting to volunteer to do regulated work.

What is the PVG Scheme?

The PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Scheme introduced tighter regulations on who may work or volunteer with vulnerable adults or children.

  • That people involved in ‘Regulated Work’ must become members of the PVG Scheme
  • There are two barred lists which prevent people from working with vulnerable adults, children or both
  • Records will be updated automatically
  • Rather than completing a full disclosure for every new organisation , an update can be applied for which only details any changes since the previous Disclosure
  • The whole process should be safer, faster and more efficient.

What is a Disclosure?

A Disclosure is a document containing impartial and confidential criminal history information held by the police and government departments which can be used by organisations to make safer recruitment decisions. Disclosure information could include:

  • Details of criminal records.
  • Information about a person's inclusion on children's or adults' lists.
  • Other relevant information held by a local police force or government body.
  • Or state that there is no information.

Membership of the PVG Scheme and Disclosures for volunteers are provided free to voluntary organisations via Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services.

Why Apply for a Disclosure for a Volunteer?

This is part of your duty of protection towards everyone in contact with your organisation. It's important that you also have good support and supervision structures and training programmes in place. Together with appropriate Disclosures, these provide a framework to ensure that any child or vulnerable adult in contact with your organisation is kept safe. Careful consideration should be taken before deciding which volunteer roles will require a Disclosure. The process of Disclosure does take time and should be explained to your prospective volunteers to prevent it becoming a barrier.

Where to Find Further Information


More help?

If you would like more help or advice please contact Volunteer Edinburgh on 0131 225 0630 or email: hello@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk
Or you can drop in and see us:
Volunteer Edinburgh
222 Leith Walk, EH6 5EQ