Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most commonly asked questions about Disclosure Scotland are answered here. If you have a query which is not answered here, check our guidance articles or contact us via or through our contact page.

How long will the check take?

The majority of checks are completed within 14 days. We will keep you updated throughout the process.

What are the different types of Disclosure checks?

There are 4 types of checks available from Disclosure Scotland.

Basic disclosure is the lowest level of check and PVG is the highest level. Higher level checks are for specific types of work. The higher the level of check the more information disclosed on the certificate.

It is important to note that an organisation cannot request a disclosure check without your consent.

Further details can be found here on what each check will reveal in terms of conviction information, if applicable.

What documents do I need?

A Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) application requires proof of identity. These documents should confirm name, date of birth and home address.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Driving Licence (with photograph)
  • Driving Licence (without photograph)
  • National ID Card
  • National Entitlement Card
  • Proof of address e.g a utility bill, bank statement or rental/mortgage statement.

A complete list of acceptable forms of ID can be found here.

What is the PVG Scheme and who needs to join?

The PVG Scheme is a vetting process that checks an individuals criminal history to determine their suitability to work with vulnerable groups, such as children and vulnerable adults, in regulated roles.

Individuals working or volunteering in roles that involve regular contact with vulnerable groups will need to join the PVG Scheme.

Can employers request a PVG Scheme check for potential employees or volunteers?

Yes, employers can request a check via an Umbrella body, such as Scottish Disclosures, a PVG Scheme check for potential employees who will be working in regulated roles that involve contact with vulnerable groups.

Can individuals request a copy of their own Disclosure Scotland check results? What is the process for obtaining them?

The individual will receive their own certificate following the check.

What is the Disclosure Scotland Code of Practice?

The Disclosure Scotland Code of Practice applies to people who deal with disclosure information in organisations, even if your organisation obtains checks via an umbrella body.

Following the code is still a mandatory requirement or else you may be committing an offence.

The purpose of the code is to:

  • Ensure information is used properly and lawfully
  • Give assurance to people about the use of their information
  • Ensure information is stored and disposed appropriately

Need Disclosure Scotland Checks?

Whether you're an individual or an organisation seeking Basic, Standard, Enhanced or PVG Checks, we're here to help.

Scottish Disclosures provides disclosure check processing as an Umbrella Body registered with Disclosure Scotland.

Have Any Questions?

If you would like any guidance on Disclosure Scotland checks we would be happy to help!

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