SCVO not keen on vetting scheme

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has raised concerns that the Scottish Government will implement a criminal records vetting scheme that is excessively burdensome and expensive for the sector.

Consultation on the implementation of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 closed yesterday.

An SCVO spokesman said he feared the definition of regulated activities would be drawn too widely and that charities would be required to carry out vetting of workers in such a short period that it would impose an excessive administrative and financial burden.

"The sector has a problem with a copper-bottomed scheme that is disproportionate and expensive to run," he said.

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