If you're going to be doing 'regulated work' your employer may ask you to join the PVG scheme. To join, you'll need to fill out a paper application form.
The form is usually given to you by your employer or the organisation that you're going to be working with. This is the same for paid employment or voluntary work.
If your employer asks you to get a form yourself, you can ask for it to be posted to you.
You'll need to fill in and sign the form and return it to your employer. If they use a different organisation to manage their PVG records, they may ask you to send it straight to them. These organisations are called umbrella bodies.
You'll also need to show some ID to confirm your identity and address to your employer or the organisation managing their PVG records. They'll tell you what form of ID they will accept.
If you're self-employed or work for a personal employer
If you're self-employed and anticipate that you'll be carrying out regulated work with children or protected adults, you can join the PVG Scheme without an organisation countersigning your application.
If you're working for an individual (a personal employer), you can choose to ask your personal employer to countersign your application and they'll receive a copy of your PVG certificate.
Paying for a PVG
It costs £59 to join the PVG scheme. The organisation you're applying for will tell you if you need to pay the joining fee or if they'll pay for it.
Getting your PVG certificate
90% of PVG applications are completed within 14 days (not including postage time). If you've made any mistakes in your application, or if we have to make any extra checks, your application may take longer to complete.
If you submitted your PVG application more than 14 days ago, you can contact Disclosure Scotland to check the progress of your application.
Existing PVG scheme members
PVG membership lasts for life, unless you choose to leave the scheme. If you get barred from carrying out work with children and protected adults after joining the PVG scheme, you will also be removed from the scheme.
If you're already a member of the PVG scheme, you should update your record with Disclosure Scotland when you start a new job or voluntary role which involves regulated work.
Your new employer may ask you to complete an Existing PVG Scheme Member form. This will allow them to get an up-to-date certificate as well as be added to your PVG membership account. This update - known as a Short Scheme Record - costs £18. You can ask for the form to be posted to you to fill in.