Criminal record checks for coronavirus (COVID-19) response workers

Last updated: 1 June 2020

Disclosure Scotland will prioritise checks for the workers Scotland needs to deal with the coronavirus. We will prioritise roles in the sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Childcare
  • Social work
  • Social care
  • Prisons and justice
  • early years, primary and secondary education

We may prioritise other sectors during coronavirus when needed. Find out more about the priority key workers.

Urgent applications for priority roles

Coronavirus response volunteers or workers can still apply for a basic disclosure online.

Ministers have suspended fees for urgent disclosures. You do not have to pay for forms emailed before midnight on Friday 12 June 2020.

Use these forms to apply for urgent disclosures in the priority sectors:

Forms must be signed and sent by countersignatories for standard, enhanced and PVG disclosures. Self-employed applicants to the PVG Scheme do not need to do this.

We are not taking any paper applications. Email completed forms to

We will accept an electronic signature from the applicant and countersignatory. Either a typewritten or scanned signature is valid. There is no need to print and sign a form by hand.

All qualifying voluntary organisations (QVOs) enrolled with Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services (VSDS) should follow VSDS processes.