PVG Info

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Youth Scotland provides advice and guidance on Child Protection issues and access to the PVG Scheme.

14/10/2015 - There have been changes to the law regarding the disclosure of criminal convictions when applicants are thinking about joining the PVG Scheme.

Scottish Ministers want to strike a balance between protection of the public and vulnerable groups and the rights of individuals not to have to disclose routinely certain ‘spent’ convictions.
Public protection remains at the forefront of the system of PVG Scheme Record Disclosures by ensuring certain very serious spent convictions will always be disclosed. However, these reforms will allow those with minor criminal convictions to put their past offending behaviour behind them, supporting them to become productive members of society.

• This will have no impact if people have never been convicted of, or cautioned, for an offence

• If they have in the past been convicted of or cautioned for an offence, then the changes may have an impact on them if the criminal record contains spent convictions

What are spent convictions?
Unspent convictions are convictions that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 determines not yet to have reached the point where the person is to be treated, for most purposes, as if they had not committed the offence. Some convictions because of their nature can never become spent, for example an offence that carried a sentence of imprisonment for more than 2 years and 6 months remains unspent.  The point at which a conviction becomes spent depends on the sentence received and not the type of offence.
What conviction information must always be disclosed?
The law requires the following always to be disclosed –
• any unspent convictions, and
• any spent convictions contained in a list of offences that must always be disclosed.

You can find out more details here: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/about/SummaryofChanges.htm

For more information about the PVG Scheme, please download the PVG Info sheet.

You may also want to have a look at our PVG Frequently Asked Questions.

If you would like to speak to someone at Youth Scotland about PVG, please email Suzanne Forup, Network Development Manager, at suzanne.forup@youthscotland.org.uk or call 0131 554 2561.

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