What is a disclosure?

A Disclosure is a document containing impartial and confidential criminal history information held by the police and government departments which can be used by employers to make safer recruitment decisions.

What's included in the checks?

Types of disclosure

Basic Disclosure

A Basic Disclosure contains only convictions considered unspent under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. A Basic Disclosure application can be completed online, or in paper format and anyone can apply, for any purpose. Examples of this may be looking to start a new job, volunteer work, or perhaps, to support a Visa application. A Basic Disclosure certificate contains only convictions considered unspent under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Most roles that are neither positions of trust, nor involve working with children or Protected Adults, are eligible to apply for a basic disclosure certificate. Only one certificate is provided.

Standard Disclosure

A Standard Disclosure contains certain conviction information. All unspent conviction information, including unspent cautions and relevant spent convictions. A Standard Disclosure application can only be completed in paper format and must be countersigned by an organisation authorised by Disclosure Scotland, known as a Registered Body. A Standard Disclosure certificate contains all unspent conviction information (including unspent cautions) and relevant spent convictions. It will also include any Sex Offender Notification Requirements. This type of application is normally for a position of trust, for example an accountant, a Firearms dealer or perhaps, a Night Club Steward. A list of positions entitled to a Standard disclosure certificate can be found here. A certificate is provided to both the applicant and the Registered Body

PVG Scheme Membership

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme Membership contains all unspent conviction information, including unspent cautions and relevant spent convictions, and any other non-conviction information reasonably believed to be relevant by the police or other Government bodies. A PVG Scheme Record application can only be completed in paper format and must be countersigned by an organisation authorised by Disclosure Scotland, known as a Registered Body. A PVG Scheme Record certificate contains all unspent conviction information (including unspent cautions), relevant spent convictions, Membership Status and may also include other non-conviction information deemed relevant by Police Forces or other Government bodies. It will also include Prescribed Court Order & Sex Offender Notification Requirements and regulated work Consideration Status. Most roles that were previously entitled to an Enhanced Disclosure check now require PVG Scheme Membership. Regulated work is the term used by the PVG Act to define the types of work which barred individuals must not do and for which PVG Scheme membership is available. A certificate is provided to both the applicant and the Registered Body

PVG Scheme Membership Statement

A PVG Scheme Membership Statement is designed for personal employers asking an individual to do regulated work for them, or for those intending to do regulated work in a self-employed capacity. The application can only be completed in paper format. A PVG Scheme Membership Statement certificate contains only Membership and Consideration status. If the application is countersigned, a certificate is provided to both the applicant and the respective party who countersigned the form.

Online Application

Online Application

Application Fees 2017:

Application to Join the PVG Scheme

PVG Scheme Update

Basic Disclosure

Enhanced Disclosure

£59

£25

£30

£35

Further info

Basic Disclosure

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