About the VSC

Welcome to the Video Standards Council

Member Code of Practice

We offer membership to anyone supplying age restricted video products in the UK.  Our members abide by a Code of Practice designed to promote high standards within the video industry, ensuring DVDs and Games are provided to the public in a responsible manner.
 
For more about our organisation and the VSC Code of Practice please click here.  Alternatively, scroll below to see how we can protect and prevent you and your staff  from potentially conducting an illegal sale to the public.

Video Game Ratings

The Video Standards Council is an Administrator of the PEGI age rating system which is used in over 30 countries throughout Europe. 
 
In 2012 the PEGI system was incorporated into UK law and the VSC was appointed as the statutory body responsible for the age rating of video games in the UK using the PEGI system.
 
The Games Rating Authority (GRA) is a sub-arm of the Video Standards Council (VSC), and exists to specifically licence the release of 12, 16 and 18 PEGI rated video games in the UK .

VSC News

What we've been up to

Inspirational computing for kids

Associated and fully supported by Ukie, The Digital Schoolhouse London Programme aims to develop a new generation of Computing teachers to teach the new Computing curriculum which started on 1 September 2014.

Associated and fully supported by Ukie, The Digital Schoolhouse London Programme aims to develop a new generation of Computing teachers to teach the new Computing curriculum which started on 1 September 2014.
 
Funded by the Mayor of London, each Digital Schoolhouse is based in a secondary school and aims to work with a growing network of local primary teachers to deliver creative and cross-curricular computing lessons. This supports the new Computing Programme of Study for the National Curriculum in a way that leaves pupils and teachers feeling inspired and engaged.
 
 
This is how it works:
  • Secondary school teachers are trained by universities
  • Free and flexible workshops are provided for visiting Key Stage 2 primary schools
  • A local network is created, linking primary schools to the secondary hub
  • All teachers are supported to develop new ideas and resources through a London-wide network, called Get London Computing.

If you are interested in becoming a Digital Schoolhouse, please get in touch via the Digital School House website http://www.digitalschoolhouse.org.uk/

Introducing the new GRA games rating app for members.

If you are in the business of supplying video games directly to the consumer, you'll find this handy new app just the ticket. You can look up any PEGI rated game and, in an instant, find further information about what the game contains.

If you are in the business of supplying video games directly to the consumer, you'll find this handy new app just the ticket.  You can look up any PEGI rated game and, in an instant, find further information about what the game contains. 
 
So if a customer wants to know why Game X was rated PEGI 16, you can look it up and tell them exactly what the rating defining elements are - sex, violence, bad language, etc - thus enabling them to make a well-informed choice. 
 
It's absolutely free to VSC members and not available to the public.  Simply download the app (it's available for both Apple and Android products) via iTunes or Google Play, or simply follow these links as appropriate:
 
 
Then use your eLearning credentials to log in.
 

 
 

Spotlight on: Sword Art Online: Lost Song!

Spotlight is our regular video feature giving you accurate game rating information.

This time we're focusing on Sword Art Online: Lost Song which was rated PEGI 12 for frequent mild mild, infrequent sexual innuendo and offensive language.
 
 
 
 
To check out our other ratings features, find us on:
 
 
 
 
 

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Staff training

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Trading Standards approved training that meets due diligence requirements relating to the prevention of underage sales. This is normally provided as eLearning but we can tailor a format to meet your requirements.

Protection

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In the event of a prosecution, and where an accidental mistake has been made, we would attend the court concerned and show that the staff member involved had received and completed our approved eLearning training.


Identification

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A membership certificate and window sticker that shows your organisation takes its responsibilities seriously and that it adheres to the VSC Code of Practice. Registered members of the Code may also use the VSC logo on stationery and in trade and consumer advertising.

 

 
 As a member you agree to adhere to a code of practice designed to promote high standards in the video industry.   In doing so, this shows that you are a customer-focused organisation that understands the need to protect young people from age inappropriate material.
 
 
 

If you would like to become a member please complete the form below or give us a call. 

02037 718543


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Salar House
61 Campfield Road
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 5HT
UK

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