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25 November 2016

MSP Secures Update on Protection of Vulnerable Groups Review

SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, Stewart Stevenson, has secured an update on the Scottish Government’s plans to review the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.

Mr Stevenson asked the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, whether the Scottish Government could provide an update on plans to review the PVG scheme during Portfolio Questions. Mr Stevenson went on to ask for further detail as to how the disclosure system might emerge after the review.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“The scheme has been running for five years and there will be a review – as promised. The PVG scheme plays an important role ensuring people with regular contact with vulnerable groups don’t have a known history of harmful behaviour. Many people rely on it and a review will give us an opportunity to make it even better.

“The minister has made it clear that the frame of reference will be drawn from working with stakeholders. This is the best opportunity for us to make improvements. These organisations have had five years working with the system – that means they are best placed to help ministers develop a frame work.

“The review will likely cover the digital delivery of services, the importance of safeguarding the vulnerable and the financial stability of the scheme – that’s a great start. What I find most important is that the Scottish Government has reaffirmed that stakeholder engagement will be central to the review process – including the disclosure system. We’re making good progress on this and I look forward to seeing the final frame of reference for the review in February 2017."

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