You may need a criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland if you're applying for paid or unpaid work, volunteering, or things like applying to adopt a child.
Disclosure means sharing sensitive personal information. Disclosure Scotland checks and shares information about people's criminal records. This helps organisations to employ the right people for certain types of work, like working with children or protected adults.
What type of disclosure do I need?
Disclosure Scotland provide:
- Basic disclosure
- Standard disclosure
- Enhanced disclosure
- Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme
The type of check to be used depends on the voluntary or paid work you're doing or the role you are carrying out.
Anyone can apply for a basic disclosure certificate.
A basic disclosure is the most common and lowest level of disclosure available. It includes information on any 'unspent' convictions the person has.
Disclosure Scotland doesn't monitor people with basic disclosure, so the certificate is only valid when it's created and not for a specific length of time.
Applying in England and Wales
If you need a basic disclosure for a job in England or Wales, apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service. If you want a basic disclosure for personal reasons rather than work purposes, apply where you live – Disclosure Scotland if you live in Scotland, or the Disclosure and Barring Service if you live in England or Wales.
Standard and enhanced disclosure
Standard and enhanced disclosures involve higher level checks.
They are for people doing certain types of work or looking to adopt and are applied for by your employer or a registered body representing you.
- standard disclosure is for specific roles such as solicitors, accountants or providing a care service
- enhanced disclosure applies to specific roles such as checking people are suitable for adoption, or applying for certain gaming or lottery licences
A PVG certificate contains all unspent and certain spent conviction information. It also contains any other non-conviction information that the police or other government bodies think is relevant.
Disclosure Scotland continually monitor PVG scheme members' records for vetting information including criminal convictions that may affect their suitability to work with vulnerable groups.
Contact Disclosure Scotland
Most of the information you will need about criminal record checks or disclosure is in these pages. If you have a question that is not answered here, you can contact: