Disclosure Scotland Updates

PVG Online
In response to customer feedback, the length of time for an applicant to complete their section of the PVG online application has been extended to 14 days from the date of the automated email received by the applicant.

Applicants will  also now receive a reminder notification nine days prior to the link expiry date, followed by a final reminder two days before the link expires.

PVG application advice

  • To avoid unnecessary delays in processing PVG Applications:  Please ensure that the current address provided on the application form for the applicant matches the address that the applicant provides in their application.  Also please ensure that the applicant knows that they will need to provide a full five-year address history
  • Scheme Membership Statements do not qualify for Updates, only Full Scheme Records are eligible for this.
  • Care should be taken for submitting duplicate applications.
  • Discrepancies in applications can cause delays, please review your organisation’s procedures to help avoid this.


Changes to Offence lists
The Police Act 1997 offence lists at Schedules 8A and 8B have been updated due to a change in law on 19 December 2022.

The Disclosure Scotland Higher Level Certificate Team are using offence lists to categorise convictions that may be included in higher level disclosures (standard disclosures, enhanced disclosures, and PVG scheme record). Please see the website for more details.

Guidance for Organisations
Subscribe to Disclosure Scotland’s Youtube channel to see their guidance videos covering PVG Eligibility, different types of disclosure and your duty to refer.

Disclosure Scotland will also be publishing training session dates for 2023 to their Eventbrite page. Follow Disclosure Scotland to be the first to find out about their sessions, which are relevant to anyone involved in the day-to-day disclosure process and/or the disciplinary process for your organisation.