PVG Act 2007

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (PVG Scheme)


The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (“The PVG Scheme”) was introduced by the Scottish Government in 2011.

This law applies to organisations and groups across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors that provide services and activities for children, young people and/or protected adults. This includes SDS Branches, associated sports clubs and sports organisations.

For SDS Branches, associated sports clubs, and sports organisations the PVG Scheme will relate to regulated work with children and young people and involve regulated work with protected adults.

Eligibility to Join the Scheme

People doing certain types of work in Scotland, to be known as regulated work, with children, young people and/or protected adults can apply to join the PVG Scheme e.g. sports coaches.

On first application for membership to the Scheme, checks will be carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Unless these checks uncover information which makes the applicant unsuitable to work with one or both of the above groups the applicant will become a Scheme Member.

It will be an offence for someone who is barred from regulated work to do or seek to do that type of regulated work. It will be an offence for an organisation to employ an individual in regulated work if they are barred. Hence the need for scheme membership as part of the recruitment process.

Further guidance and information is available from a variety of sources including:

  • Scottish Government’s PVG website: http://www.infoscotland.com/pvgscheme
  • CRBS PVG Scheme Help Service: 0870 609 6006 (ask for the PVG Help Service).
  • PVG Scheme Email: pvg.enquiries@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.
  • PVG guidance document: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/pvg_index.html
  • E-learning training package: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/pvg_index.html
  • Regulated Work Self Assessment Tool : http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/pvg_training
  • Scottish Government PVG FAQs: http://www.scotland.gov.uk