Recruitment body calls for common launch date
Recruitment body calls for common launch date for new vetting and barring schemes
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body representing the UKs private recruitment industry, has responded to the Scottish Governments decision to set a date for the start of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.
The new scheme, which is due to begin on November 30 this year, is designed to strengthen protection for vulnerable groups in Scotland.
The initiative is very similar to the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) which covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The introduction of registration to the VBS was recently deferred while the coalition Government carries out a review on how to scale back its provisions to common sense levels.
Commenting on the schemes proposed launch date, Lisa Boutineau, director for REC Scotland, said:
Whilst we are firmly behind the rationale of the PVG Scheme, we feel that a common introduction date for both the VBS and PVG Scheme would be the most sensible approach, cutting bureaucracy for recruitment firms and crucially ensuring a consistent approach to quality. As it stands, anyone barred under the Scottish scheme will be barred under the VBS and vice versa.
She added: Recruitment professionals in sectors such as care and education play a key role in making sure the correct checks have been made. The recruitment industry will continue to be at the forefront of the safe recruitment debate and is committed to working with the Scottish Government to get this right.
A key priority for the REC will be to continue working with specialised Sector Groups who are most affected by the new scheme, informing them of any new developments.