PVG Scheme Scotland

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EU Framework Directive 2011/93 – combating the sexual abuse & sexual exploitation of children & child pornography

As part of the above Directive, Disclosure Scotland will be undertaking a pilot to carry out criminal history checks for Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) and Enhanced Level Police Act applications from people with an EU nationality. This will only affect those EU nationals who have applied to join the PVG Scheme for children for the first time, or those requiring an enhanced disclosure for a specific role with children.

The pilot involves carrying out checks on applicants from the 12 EU Member States who provided the highest volume of applications to Disclosure Scotland during 2016, and will commence from 1 May 2017 for the period of one year. During the first 6 months of the pilot, it is intended that there will be a gradual inclusion of the 12 EU Member States: France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain, commencing with the Netherlands.

Disclosure Scotland does not anticipate the pilot causing significant delay to these applications.


France: Town of birth. If town of birth is Paris, Marseille or Lyon an arrondissement (district) code is required – number between 1 and 20 French Nationals born overseas also require Parents’ names.
Greece: Town of birth. If born in Crete then town/region in Crete is required.
Italy: Town of birth
The Netherlands: Town of birth
Poland: Town of birth OR Parents’ names OR ID (PESEL) number
Portugal: Town of birth. A full name of a Portuguese national should comprise of two forenames and two family
Romania: Town of birth. If national ID or National card number provided, town of birth is not required
Spain: Town of birth


Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme

The PVG Scheme will:

  • Help to ensure that those individuals who have regular contact with children and/or protected adults through paid and volunteer work do not have a known history of harmful behavior.
  • Be quicker and easier to use, reducing the need for PVG Scheme members to complete a detailed application form every time a disclosure check is required.
  • Strike a balance between proportionate protection and robust regulation and make it easier for employers to determine who they should check to protect their client group.

The Disclosure Scotland website gives comprehensive information about the PVG Scheme and outlines the information included in the disclosure, depending on the type of disclosure applied for.

To access the PVG Scheme you can use an Intermediary or Umbrella Body such as ARC Disclosure Service.

To use the ARC Disclosure Service for carrying out checks in Scotland we require organisations to be registered with us – Registration is FREE…

To register your organisation with the ARC Disclosure Service please complete the following 3 forms:

Forward the completed forms either via email to: disclosureservice@arcuk.org.uk or post to: Disclosure Service, Association for Real Change, Marsden Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1JY.

Once we have received the completed forms we will register your organisation and provide you with a starter pack of blank application forms and guidance documents for your use.

What will it cost?

Disclosure fees:  Initial PVG Scheme Registration:

  • ARC members £59.00 (+admin £13.50) = £72.50
  • Registered Users £59.00 (+admin £15.00) = £74.00

PVG Scheme Record:

  • ARC members £59.00 (+admin £13.50) = £72.50
  • Registered Users £59.00 (+admin £15.00) = £74.00

PVG Scheme Record Update:

  • ARC members £18.00 (+admin £13.50) = £31.50
  • Registered Users £18.00 (+admin £15.00) = £33.00

If you would like to enquire about our services, please contact us at Disclosure Service, Association for Real Change, 10a Marsden Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1JY or via our dedicated telephone number 01246 541660 or email: disclosureservice@arcuk.org.uk


Are you already registered with ARC Disclosure Service and need more information or guidance?

PVG and the Duty to Refer

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