The application of a Certificate of Good Conduct by young people as a dilemma

The application of a Certificate of Good Conduct by young people as a dilemma

An estimate of the ‘dark number’ of young people in senior secondary vocational education who avoid to apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct (full text only available in Dutch)


The VOG (Certificate of Good Conduct) is a preventive administrative instrument intended to prevent people with a certain judicial past from holding ‘sensitive’ positions in society. A VOG may be necessary in certain work situations, for example holding a position that involves working with vulnerable persons, confidential data, money or specific goods.
The outlined issue of ‘VOG avoidance behaviour’ in a young person can occur particularly in middelbaar beroepsonderwijs (MBO, senior secondary vocational education).

The main general questions of this study are:

  1. How often do young people in the MBO not submit a VOG application because they antici-pate their judicial past means they will not receive a VOG?
  2. To what extent does not applying for a VOG relate to the seriousness or nature of their judicial past, their level of knowledge about the VOG or their desired study programme?
  3. How often do VOG avoiders correctly anticipate they will not receive a VOG?

The study aims to provide a reasoned estimate of the number of MBO youngsters who do not apply for an education-related VOG because of their possible judicial past.

Publication data

Boekhoorn, P., Verhaegh, T., Wolbers, M.
Kenniscentrum Beroepsonderwijs Arbeidsmarkt (KBA Nijmegen), Bureau Boekhoorn Sociaal-wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (BBSO), WODC
Place of publication:
KBA Nijmegen
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