Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
What is the PVG scheme?
The Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership scheme is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. It helps makes sure people whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to do 'regulated work' with children and vulnerable adults are prevented from doing so.
Why do I need to join the PVG scheme?
You will need to apply to join the PVG scheme if you want to study on a course where you will interact with vulnerable groups. Courses where PVG scheme membership is required will be clearly advertised on the course webpage.
If you are eligible to join the PVG scheme, a copy of the PVG scheme record will be returned to the University or Academic Partner to which you are applying. Criminal convictions and any information considered relevant by Disclosure Scotland be disclosed on the PVG scheme record. The Privacy Notices for Further Education Admissions and Higher Education Admissions have more information about this.
What are the possible outcomes of the PVG scheme application?
You will either be eligible or ineligible to join the PVG scheme. Disclosure Scotland keeps a list of people unsuitable to do regulated work with children and a list of people unsuitable to do regulated work with protected adults. The lists are separate, although people can be on both lists. If Disclosure Scotland adds someone to one or both of these lists, it is known as being 'listed'.
If you are listed you will not be eligible to join the PVG scheme. Having a criminal conviction and being listed is not the same thing e.g. some people with criminal convictions will be eligible to join the PVG scheme. If you require guidance about criminal convictions and PVG Scheme Membership, please contact Disclosure Scotland.
If you have a criminal conviction that is disclosed on the PVG scheme record then you may be subject to a risk assessment in order to ascertain your suitability for placements or a course of study. This risk assessment is carried out an individual basis, and staff will not be able to indicate in advance of an application what the outcome of the risk assessment will be. As a result of the risk assessment, you may be ineligible to go on certain placements, your application may be rejected or offer of a place on a course withdrawn.
If you know that you are listed and wish to know more about options that may be available to you, please contact the university or Academic Partner to which you are applying.
Who pays for the PVG scheme application?
Students on courses up to and including HND level have the cost of their application paid for.
Courses at degree level and above:
For entry in 2020 – please contact the academic partner to which you are applying for further information about charges.
For entry in 2021 and beyond (including deferred students) - Students meet the costs of their PVG applications, except on courses where there is external support provided (e.g. BSc Nursing).
The cost is £59, £41 or £18 depending on the type of disclosure record required.
If you have any questions…
Please discuss your concerns with a member of staff at the Academic Partner to which you are applying. The PVG scheme uses complex language and staff are here to help you understand the scheme and how it protects vulnerable people.