Get free PVG disclosure checks for volunteers

Last updated: 26 May 2020

Some organisations can get free PVG checks for their volunteers.

The volunteers must be doing regulated work with children or protected adults.

The organisation must register as a qualifying voluntary organisation (QVO) to get free PVG checks.

Types of organisation

The organisation must be not for profit, such as a charity.

It must not be:

  • a school, college or university
  • a public or local authority
  • managed by a public or local authority 

Apply to be a qualifying voluntary organisation (QVO)

Organisations must become a qualifying voluntary organisation (QVO) to get free PVG checks for volunteers.

The cheapest way to become a QVO is to join Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services (VSDS). They're funded by the Scottish Government to give free disclosure services to voluntary organisations.

VSDS offers free:

  • enrolment
  • training
  • support

VSDS can sign PVG applications for your organisation.


Call VSDS on 01786 849777 or email them at to register.

Other options

Your organisation can also become a QVO by:

  • registering with Disclosure Scotland, but it costs at least £75 a year
  • joining with another umbrella body, but they may charge a fee