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Apply to be removed from a list

You can apply to be removed from a list if you meet any of the 3 criteria:

  • you were listed at least 10 years ago
  • you were under 26 when you were listed and it’s at least 5 years since the listing
  • your circumstances have changed and it affects your suitability to work with children or protected adults

Examples of a relevant change in circumstances include:

  • the conviction which caused your listing has been overturned
  • you’ve recovered from a mental illness which caused your offending
  • you’ve stopped problem behaviours for a long period of time and there’s independent evidence to support this

How to apply to be removed from a list

Contact Disclosure Scotland and they’ll give you more information on how to apply.


Phone: 0300 020 0040
Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm
Friday 9am to 3:30pm
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After you apply

Disclosure Scotland will decide whether to remove you from a list. They may ask you to provide more information.

They’ll carry out checks to help make their decision. For example, they’ll check if you’ve had any convictions since you were listed.

If they decide you should stay on a list, they’ll tell you why they’ve made this decision and how you can appeal.

If they decide to remove you from a list, you’ll no longer be barred from working with the group you were listed for. You can then apply to join the PVG scheme if you wish.

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