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.
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). You're likely to receive your PVG certificate within this time, provided there are no mistakes or requests for further information.
Existing PVG scheme members
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.