Quality Development Unit

LAYC’s Quality Development Unit (QDU) was set up in 2005 to support groups and clubs around the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 and thereafter the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme which was introduced in February 2011. Originally funded through the former Scottish Executive’s Changing Children’s Services Fund to ensure that all affiliated groups and clubs in Edinburgh are supported to meet the requirements of legislation and regulations around the protection of children and young people .

LAYC aimed to support groups and clubs by providing:
• Information and guidance about the PVG scheme
• Support around Policies and Procedures
• Access to checks from Disclosure Scotland
• Advice and support on operating youth and childrens groups safely
• Training and advice on child protection matters

Funding for the QDU then was administered through City of Edinburgh Council on an annual basis. Unfortunately City of Edinburgh Council withdrew funding for the work of the LAYC QDU from April 2015.

The timing of this could not have been worse as the period that groups have been allowed for “Retrospective Checking “ of their existing members of staff is coming to an end on 31st October 2015.

Groups will need to ensure all your volunteer/paid staff are appropriately checked by that date.

If you have volunteers/paid staff members who were previously disclosure checked prior to 28 February 2011, they will need to apply to join the PVG Scheme as the old style Disclosure is not automatically carried over to PVG.

If you have not fully disclosure checked all volunteers/paid staff members who are in regulated work before the 31st October 2015, then your organisation will have committed an offence if an individual is barred from the regulated work group

E -mail  graham@layc.org.uk with any enquiries you have around PVG legislation, your organisations policies and procedures, relevant training events, the disclosure process or any  other related LAYC services.

Alternatively you can phone us on 0131 667 1828.