What is a disclosure?

A Disclosure is a document containing impartial and confidential criminal history information held by the police and government departments which can be used by employers to make safer recruitment decisions.

Information Included

The information included in the disclosure will depend on the type of disclosure applied for.

Information Included

Type of disclosure

Basic

Standard

Enhanced

Enhanced with Lists check

PVG Scheme Record

PVG Short Scheme Record

PVG Scheme Membership Statement*

Unspent Convictions

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Relevant Spent Convictions

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Unspent Cautions

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Membership Status

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Consideration Status

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Suitability Information

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Prescribed Court Orders & Sex Offenders Notification Requirements

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Sex Offenders Notification Requirements

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Other Relevant Information

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

YesInformation Included on Certificate No Information Not Included on Certificate

* Checks completed as per PVG Scheme Record but only those indicated with (tick) are shown on the certificate.

Sample certificates with some guidance as to how they look and what they contain:

Basic, Standard, Enhanced, Enhanced with Lists check, PVG Scheme Record, PVG Scheme Membership Statement

Disclosure information could include:

Types of disclosure

Who can apply for disclosure?

Anyone can apply for a basic disclosure in their own name. This might be requested for a new job, volunteer work or to support a visa application.

For regulated work with children or protected adults, the PVG Scheme is now the most appropriate type of check. Regulated work is the term used by the PVG Act to define the types of work which barred individuals must not do, and for which PVG Scheme membership is available.

Some employers and organisations can also apply for a standard (or enhanced disclosure for specific posts) for a potential new employee or a volunteer position. There is legislation available to employers and other organisations to determine what type of disclosure is required for a particular position (details available on our Publications page).

PLEASE NOTE: the name the applicant puts on the application form is the name that will be printed on the Disclosure Certificate. Your supporting documentation is information that helps us to carry out all necessary enquiries and checks to ensure that we are carrying out checks for the correct individual who has signed the application form. We cannot use this documentation to 'edit' the application form.

 

Determination of form and manner of application

Determination of the form and manner of an application under:

 

 

Subject Access Requests

Individuals can obtain a copy of their full criminal record information by submitting a Subject Access Request to Police Scotland. There is a £10 fee for this service. Please Note, these cannot be used for employment purposes.