Scottish Government agrees to change volunteer vetting procedure

Move will release charities from 'contractual trap'

The Scottish Government has agreed to change the law so more charities can access enhanced criminal disclosure checks on volunteers and staff.

Disclosure Scotland, which provides the checks, started to refuse to do enhanced checks for volunteers who did not work with children or vulnerable adults, it emerged last month.

The move left many charities in a ‘contractual trap' because some had service-level agreements with local authorities that demanded they obtain enhanced checks.

Officials from the Scottish Government and Disclosure Scotland met representatives from volunteering charity WRVS and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations last month to discuss changing the system, under which only charities providing narrowly defined health and care services can receive enhanced checks.

Shona Robison, public health and sport minister, and Adam Ingram, children and early years minister, agreed to put forward a legislative amendment that would broaden the definition of health and care services to allow more charities to apply for the checks.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We had a very constructive meeting to discuss concerns about access to disclosure checks for people working with adults at risk. We are pleased to say both the WRVS and the SCVO agreed with us in principle on the detail of our proposed legislative solution."

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