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The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Pre-Consultation Discussion Paper on Secondary Legislation, 02/02/07 [S]

Scottish Executive discussion paper on the Secondary Legislation for the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill. The issues discussed here will inform developments of the policy options to be consulted on in the summer. This is not a formal consultation exercise but the Scottish Executive would welcome comments on the issues being discussed: retrospective checking, determination criteria and fees.

Key issues:

Retrospective Checking

  • whether to have retrospective checking or whether to rely on natural turnover of staff to bring people onto the new vetting and barring scheme. Views are also invited on the sub-option of indicating that retrospective checking will occur but leaving the detailed consideration of how and over what period until the new vetting and barring scheme has been operational for a period of time perhaps three to five years.
  • whether a carefully managed or an open programme of retrospective checking is favoured by stakeholders
  • the duration of phasing-in.

Determination Criteria
  • the information issues relevant to consideration for determining an individual's unsuitability to work with vulnerable groups.
  • whether they favour a broadly higher or lower threshold for barring whilst recognising that actual decision will be underpinned by clear criteria to take into account in determining whether an individual should be barred.
  • the extent of automatic processing as compared to detailed consideration of each and every case from the simple through to the complex.

Fees
  • the relative merits of an initial fee for membership followed by additional charges for subsequent checks, as compared with a one-off payment for scheme membership each ten years or an annual subscription.
  • the merits of further exploring the feasibility and costs of electronic scheme membership.


Written comments should be sent to:

pvg.enquiries@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or:

Scott Wood
Scottish Executive Education Department
 Children and Families Division
 2-B Dockside
 Victoria Quay
 Edinburgh
 EH6 6QQ.


For full details see the publication, The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Pre-Consultation Discussion Paper on Secondary Legislation, which is available on the Scottish Executive website.

Further information

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Pre-Consultation Discussion Paper on Secondary Legislation