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Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007

Section 43.  Transfer from DWCL

82.This section provides for all individuals currently listed on the Disqualified from Working with Children’s List under PoCSA to be transferred to the children’s list established in section 1 without any further determination. However, any listed individual can make an application to the Scottish Ministers under section 25(1) to the effect that their circumstances had changed, if they considered that the transfer made a material difference. The only individuals who would be immediately affected by such a transfer are those currently in a post which is not regarded as a child care position under PoCSA but is regulated work with children under this Act. There were 244 individuals listed as at 18 March 2008 (after 38 months of operation) and it is unlikely that many will be so affected.

83.It is intended that the time limits for applications for removal from the lists will be prescribed by regulations made using the power in section 25(3)(a). The Scottish Ministers intend to make regulations, as necessary, which will ensure that no individual has to wait longer for their first opportunity to apply for removal, after commencement of this Act, than they would have had to wait had they not been transferred from the DWCL under section 14 of PoCSA.

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