When looking for a job, you may have an employer ask you to produce your PVG. Unless you know what it is about, it can get confusing for you, and probably, sell you short on the job opportunity. Like you may know, some jobs are different from others. Service provision in certain fields requires keenness n details so that the right person for the job is hired, for the safety of the clients.
What is PVG?
PVG is the acronym for, Protecting Vulnerable Groups. The concept of PVG is driving towards a membership scheme that is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. The focus of this scheme is to be considerate of clients of a certain kind of job set-up. The scheme works to protect the children or protected adults with whom you are to work with and for. If your employer is asking for your PVG, then it means you are working on a ‘regulated job.’
How does it work?
The PVG scheme has it that members have a certificate to show that they are fit for the ‘regulated work’ they signed up for.
What is ‘regulated work‘?
Regulated work has to do with caring for, whether directly or indirectly, children and protected adults. These are a sensitive niche of clients, which is why you require a PVG certificate to ascertain that you can properly care for these individuals. Such jobs can involve teaching, nursing, supervising, providing personal services, leading, treating, or any other care-giving tasks, to the individuals in question.
How the scheme works
Once you have PVG membership, it means you already have a certificate of evidence. Usually, the Disclosure Scotland will access your records, more especially your criminal records to ascertain whether you are a fit candidate to offer certain services to these groups of people. The information is then shared with the organizations in question or even your employer.
How do you apply for a PVG?
Applying for a PVG certificate means that you agree to the disclosure. Disclosure is about consenting to share some personal information so that the relevant authorities can determine whether you are fit to carry out sensitive caregiving duties, including, working for children and protected adults, adopting a child, volunteering, among others.
The number one area they check is your criminal record. If you have a criminal record, then it means the organization seeking to hire, you might doubt your capabilities in offering the services required. However, there is an option of a user applying to have a conviction removed from their PVG Scheme record for further consideration. The PVG certificate you receive will not only have information on your criminal convictions but also on non-conviction information that might be relevant to the ‘regulated work’ you are staking up.
The form you are supposed to use in applying for a PVG is usually provided by your employer or the organization thereof, whether you are signing up for paid employment or voluntary work. The organization in question should have a system for all PVG forms because of the nature of their business. After filling in and signing the form, you also need to provide your ID to confirm your identity, along with your address. Joining the PVG scheme is not free. You have to part with £59 to join the PVG scheme. At this, you may pay for the membership yourself, or the organization can do it for you, depending on the organization and the agreement thereof. Once the application is sent out, you have to wait for 14 days, without including postage time, before you get your PVG certificate.
How long does it last, and how do you manage it?
Getting a PVG certificate does not mean that you are totally clear to go and start getting your criminal record busy. In fact, Disclosure Scotland keeps checking the suitability of the PVG members over time, and whether or not they are still fit to keep working with the vulnerable groups. If any anomalies are found, they contact the organization or the employer and let them know that you may no longer be fit for the job.
Once you are a member of the scheme, however, the certificate lasts forever. There is no need to renew or pay more to get another certificate or retain your membership. However, as mentioned above the Disclosure Scotland will not be off your back. The more you continue to be in service of children and protected adults, the more they continuously check your conduct. If your criminal record is too alarming, then you will be removed from the scheme, and worse, be barred. This consequence is not just from the organization you are working with. The Disclosure Scotland makes it their agenda to notify every other organization that you may want to work for that you have been barred from PVG scheme. The surveillance on your criminal record is only over when you decide to leave the PVG scheme because otherwise, membership is forever.