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Disclosure scheme start date announced

12 January 2011

The Scottish Government's new disclosure scheme, Protecting Vulnerable Groups, will go live on 28 February, Children's Minister Adam Ingram announced today.

The PVG scheme improves on the arrangements currently operated by Disclosure Scotland by reducing the need for people to complete a lengthy application form every time a disclosure is required, through a membership scheme that continually updates relevant information.

It will also ensure that people who become unsuitable during their employment can be quickly identified and will allow employers to check records more quickly and easily.

Mr Ingram said: "The PVG scheme will strengthen protection for vulnerable groups and make the disclosure service quick and easy to use for people who work with children and protected adults. A sophisticated and resilient IT system has been developed to host the scheme and its development has included rigorous testing to ensure that it is fit for purpose and robust.

"Following the decision to delay commencement, further work and testing has been undertaken to ensure that the IT system is fully fit for purpose so that we avoid the problems that arose when Disclosure Scotland was first established with a massive backlog of checks."

Employers will be sent supplies of the new PVG scheme application forms early next month and be kept up to date with progress. A comprehensive package of training and guidance and telephone and email support for the new scheme is already available from Disclosure Scotland and the Central Registered Body in Scotland.

The current service of enhanced disclosure for people who work with vulnerable groups will no longer be available to the vulnerable groups' workforce after 28 February.

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