Government claims disclosure system is new and improved

A REVAMPED scheme to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse has been put in place by the Scottish Government.

Holyrood maintains it is an improvement on the current disclosure process.

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme affects thousands of people – including many in the Borders – whose employment or voluntary activities puts them in daily contact with children or protected adults.

Company bosses are expected to advise employees if they need to join the PVG scheme, but officials say community groups and the self-employed have to find out about the new legislation.

Dawn Adams is involved with youngsters both as a physical education teacher and a volunteer.

She commented: “I already apply for a disclosure in my role as PE teacher through my school and local authority but in my own time, I also run a cheerleading and dance team. I also play hockey for a team where I’m a qualified hockey coach. This meant that I had to apply for three separate disclosure arrangements through three different governing bodies.

“The new arrangements mean that I only have to apply to be a member once which covers all three of my roles.

“This is so much easier and doesn’t involve filling in three separate application forms, which can be time-consuming.”

z A training session has been organised for Tuesday, March 29, at 6.30pm at the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels.

A representative from the Central Registered Body in Scotland (CRBS) will give a presentation on the PVG and Children 1st will be on hand to answer questions. Each attendee will be given an information pack to take back to their club. This information evening is open to any sports club or organisation within the Borders. Spaces are limited so each club can only be allocated two attendees.

For more information and to register interest in the session contact Scottish Borders Council sports development officer Andy Lawrie on 01896 756274 or andy.lawrie@scotborders.gov.uk