; What is Regulated Work?

The PVG Scheme Guidance (the full guidance document can be found in the Library) suggests that five questions should be asked to establish if an individual is doing regulated work:

  • Is it work? This can mean both paid and unpaid but does not include work done in the course of a family relationship or a personal relationship for no commercial consideration.
  • Who are they working with? In this context, children are young people aged under 18, although young people over the age of 16 can also be protected adults.
  • What do they do? Are they carrying out an activity that defines the work as 'regulated work with children' - see below
  • Is it their normal duties? It the activity part of the regular duties the individual is doing (e.g. in their role description) or expected to do?
  • Are there any exceptions which apply? For example: incidental activity, work with children themselves in work or employment - see Exceptions¬† in the Legislation

Regulated work activities

For most individuals carrying out 'normal' youth work roles it is likely they will meet the criteria for PVG Scheme membership. The criteria are focused around activities, establishments and positions of trust or responsibility. For most youth work roles it is the activity criteria that will determine if someone is within the scope of the Scheme. The activities covered by 'regulated work' include:

  • Caring for children
  • Teaching, instructing, training or supervising children
  • Being in sole charge of children
  • Unsupervised contact with children under arrangements made by a responsible person
  • Providing advice or guidance to a child or to particular children which relates to physical or emotional well-being, education or training

Organisations need to decide which posts involve these activities and ensure that those carrying them out are PVG Scheme members. 

There is more information regarding the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme in the Legislation section.

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