Disclosure Scotland helps employers make safer decisions when they're recruiting people.
It also makes sure unsuitable people do not work with vulnerable groups, including children and protected adults.
What it does
Disclosure Scotland checks and shares information about people's criminal records.
You can apply to Disclosure Scotland for a disclosure. This shows details of the convictions you have. It includes other information too, depending on the type of disclosure.
Organisations can use disclosures to help decide if you're right for the role you're applying for.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
Disclosure Scotland manages the PVG scheme. This is a membership scheme for people who work with children or protected adults.
It helps ensure that people who are unsuitable to work with these groups cannot do this type of work. Disclosure Scotland keeps a list of people who are barred from working with children and protected adults.
Acts and legislation
There are laws which govern how Disclosure Scotland works, including:
You can find out more about how this legislation relates to disclosure.
The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 also affects disclosure. This act means some people do not have to disclose information about how they behaved before they were 12.
Changes to the disclosure system
The Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 aims to make the disclosure process in Scotland simpler and easier to understand.
Some of the changes in the act include:
- mandatory PVG scheme membership for people doing regulated roles with children and protected adults
- an end to lifetime PVG membership, which will be replaced with a 5 year membership period
- a decrease in the number of disclosure levels
The changes are not in effect yet. Disclosure Scotland is going through a period of implementation to develop its processes and prepare organisations for the changes. You can find out more about the act.
Service Level Agreement
Disclosure Scotland works within a Service Level Agreement. This is an official promise to work to a certain level.
Its Service Level Agreement is to send 90% of disclosure certificates within 14 days (as long as the application was completed correctly and there are no further enquiries).
This is measured from the day it receives the application to the day the certificate is sent.
If Disclosure Scotland make further enquiries about an application, then the 14 day service level pauses until they're resolved.
How Disclosure Scotland is managed
Disclosure Scotland is an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government. It runs on behalf of Scottish Ministers. Its Chief Executive reports to the Minister for Children and Young People.
Disclosure Scotland's Board provides support and advice to the Chief Executive on:
- business priorities
There are publications that give more information about Disclosure Scotland.
Sets out the vision and objectives of Disclosure Scotland.
Sets out how Disclosure Scotland will change its services between 2021 and 2025.
The most recent report on Disclosure Scotland's finances.
Explains the key objectives for 2022/23 and how Disclosure Scotland will achieve them.
Sets out Disclosure Scotland's workforce planning goals to 2025 and how it will meet them.
Sets out how Disclosure Scotland will plan and manage its procurement processes from 2021 to 2024.
Reports on Disclosure Scotland's procurement activity.
Record of the financial interests of Disclosure Scotland's executive, non-executive and independent members.
Details of the latest board meetings.
Details of the latest committee meetings.
Report of the independent reviewer under the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019.
Sets out how Disclosure Scotland will plan and manage its approach to communications and engagement from 2022 to 2025.
Race equality commitment
Disclosure Scotland has pledged to follow the race equality recommendations made by Scottish Parliament to the public sector.
Disclosure Scotland welcomes your feedback. It takes complaints seriously and will respond to any concerns you raise. You can:
phone: 0300 020 0040
Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm
Friday 9am to 3:30pm
Find out about call charges
PO Box 250
Media enquiries should be sent by email to DSwebteam@disclosurescotland.gov.scot. This includes requests for:
Disclosure Scotland does not run an out of hours media service. The opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm, and Friday 9am to 3:30pm.
Enquiries received outside of these times will be responded to as soon as possible the following working day.
If you're not a member of the media and you want to contact Disclosure Scotland, email email@example.com
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