“A proportionate response”

After a 3 1/4 hour drive, I spent 5 hours today in a seminar on PVG (the new Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme which goes live in Scotland on 30 november 2010).

I’m pleased to say that the Scottish Government seems to have achieved its aim of a proportionate response to the problem of abuse to children and “protected” adults. In future, my cleaner will not require to register with the scheme because she only works when our building is empty. And the ladies who serve coffee at the weekly coffee morning don’t need to join because “in case” they serve vulnerable adults (e. g. Over 60s). Since the “service” is open to the public and does not involve regulated activities it doesn’t xome under PVG rules.

We also won’t need to repeat the disclosures for change of roles, since once an application is made via The Salvation Army, we will automatically receive notification if someone is barred from the relevant activity.

Though some aspects of the system are complex, especially deciding which positions require PVG checks, the scope is reasonable and operation of the system should be simpler than before.

This is what is needed from the review of ISA in England and Wales. Let’s congratulate the coalition for halting the draconian system previously proposed and pray for an effective system south of the Border

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About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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