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  • Scottish Government will cover the cost of PVG checks for Social Care Workers

    Created: 19/10/2022

    Anyone starting a new job in certain roles within the social care sector, and comparable roles in justice and children’s services are again now eligible to have their Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) costs paid if you apply for PVG by 31 March 2023.

    The Scottish Government has reintroduced these measures in recognition of the severity of the issues currently affecting this sector. You can find out more about this trial here. These measures are intended to help encourage more staff into the profession. The Government will cover the cost of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks for people in eligible roles.

    PVG checks cost between £18 and £59. You can find out more about fees for PVG checks on the Disclosure Scotland website.

    All applications must be made by 31 March 2023.

    This trial has been backdated to 01 October 2022 to maximise the benefit to the sector.

    If you applied for PVG for a role eligible for this fee waiver on or after 1 October 2022, you should apply to Disclosure Scotland for a refund. You can do this by contacting Disclosure Scotland’s Finance team directly via e-mail ([email protected]). More information on refunds is available on the Disclosure Scotland website.

    To qualify for PVG fees to be waived, the person applying for the role must:

    • have started a new job or taken up a new position with your existing employer in an eligible role (see below), AND
    • have applied for a PVG check between 1 October 2022 and no later than 31 March 2023 - any applications outside these dates will not be eligible

    In all other cases, for example if you have a policy of periodically re-checking your existing staff, the PVG costs must be paid as normal.

    To be eligible for this trial, you must be working in a new role of:

    • manager
    • supervisor
    • practitioner, or
    • support worker

    AND be working in one of the following areas:

    • Adult services;
    • care homes;
    • care at home services;
    • housing support;
    • day care services;
    • Children’s services;
    • residential childcare;
    • residential school care accommodation;
    • Justice services; and
    • offender accommodation. 

    Please note: Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) roles are not covered.

    Eligible roles for personal assistants:

    • any personal assistants directly paid by their employer who receives their funding via self-directed support option 1 and/or Independent Living Fund Scotland.

    How to apply:

    If your role is eligible, you should apply for PVG through the Disclosure Scotland website.

    More information on how to apply is in this document.

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