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Childminders Written Answer, 27/04/12 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Liz Smith's (Cons) question asking the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the likely financial impact on childminders of having to meet the costs of Protecting Vulnerable Groups checks from 1 April 2012.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, replied that the cost to childminders of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme registration is 59.

The PVG scheme was introduced in February last year, at which time it was agreed, for an additional
12 months, to meet the PVG scheme registration fee for new childminders joining the profession. This
transitional period, has allowed prospective childminders time to plan for the introduction of the PVG
registration cost from 1 April 2012.

Information from the Care Inspectorate suggest no marked change in the number of enquiries
received about setting up as a childminder and the childminding workforce levels remain stable at
around 5,500. Childminders provide a valuable and flexible service to families in Scotland and the Scottish
Government will continue to work with the Scottish Childminding Association to promote and develop
the profession whilst ensuring through PVG, children and young people are protected.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 27 April 2012 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 27 April 2012