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New Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme

The Disclosure (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent in July 2020 and looks to be implemented in 2024. The aim of the new law is to make the disclosure process in Scotland simpler and easier to understand and to keep vulnerable groups safer.

The Act will reduce the number of disclosure levels and Disclosure Scotland will have new powers to impose conditions on individuals while they are being considered for listing. Applicants will be able to request a review of certain disclosure content from an independent reviewer.

The impact for dental practices at this stage looks to be minimal. One significant change however will be that lifetime Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership will end and be replaced with a five-year membership period. Therefore, a practice owner will need to check their staff's PVG membership status every five years.