Information on Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme and Self Directed Support (SDS)

Scottish Government
Scottish Government
Publication date:
21 July 2011


This guidance provides information about protecting vulnerable groups in Scotland. 

A protected adult is an individual aged 16 or over who is provided with particular services further defined at section 94 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007

An important principle underpinning PVG is that a person is a protected adult by virtue of a service they receive, NOT because of a particular condition or disability, and that they are a protected adult only while receiving that service. In that sense, all of us may at one time or another be a protected adult: for example, when receiving medical treatment.