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Social Care: Scottish Government PVG Waiver

February 3, 2022

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Social Care Workforce newstarts to benefit from Scottish Government PVG waiver

When any new people start to work in social care in Scotland, they are likely to have to register with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland. This is a way for  employers to check whether there is anything preventing a person from being employed in social care and is about supporting the safety of people receiving care and support. In addition, if someone is employed by a Care Agency, they will have to register their details with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

For each of the above registration processes, there is a cost involved. Sometimes these costs are met by employers, sometimes the money is provided by the Local Authority for employers to cover this cost.

The Scottish Government have recently announced that the costs associated with these registrations, for new staff coming to work in an area of social care, will be paid by them until the end of March 2022.

These costs will be covered for Personal Assistants as well, who are employed by individuals or who are self-employed. You can find details of how Personal Assistants apply here:

https://www.mygov.scot/apply-for-pvg/self-employed-or-work-for-a-personal-employer

You can find all the details about who is eligible for these costs to be covered and how they can assess this here:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/social-care-staff-entry-costs/