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Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, [S]

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill was first published on 26 September 2006 and given Royal Assent on 18 April 2007. The Act makes provisions to implement the recommendations of the Bichard Inquiry Report of 2004. The Act  establishes a list of individuals unsuitable to work with children and a separate list of individuals unsuitable to work with protected adults.

Background

The Act follows the recommendations made in the Bichard Inquiry Report of 2004 and the Scottish Executive's consultation paper, Protecting Vulnerable Groups: Scottish Vetting and Barring Scheme, 2006.

The Act makes a number of provisions including:

  • The establishment of a list of individuals unsuitable to work with children and consequently repealing the 2003 Act (which established the DWCL), and establishing a separate list of individuals unsuitable to work with protected adults.
  • Replacing enhanced criminal record certificates with new disclosure records for those working with vulnerable groups, whether paid or unpaid.
  • The establishment of a scheme for those working with vulnerable groups, membership of which enables the ongoing collection of vetting information and assessment for unsuitability to work with those groups.

Part 1 makes provisions for a list of individuals unsuitable to work with children and a separate list of individuals unsuitable to work with protected adults.

Part 2 makes provisions for vetting and disclosure procedures.

Part 3 makes provisions for the amendment of the Police Act 1997.

Part 4 makes provisions for amending the definition of school care accommodation.

Parts 5 - 8 deal with supplementary, general and interpretation matters.


For more information the Act and explanatory notes can be found on the Scottish Parliament website.

Further information


Bill (as introduced)
Policy memorandum
Explanatory notes
Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007