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Disclosure Scotland

Disclosure Scotland is a service designed to enhance public safety by providing potential employers and organisations with criminal history information on individuals applying for posts. Disclosures give details of an individual's criminal convictions or state that they have none.

The Disclosure service was launched on 29 April 2002 and was developed under the guidance of the Scottish Government, following the enactment of Part V of the Police Act 1997. This introduced a system of disclosing criminal history information to individuals and organisations for employment and other purposes.

United Medicare is able to carry out this Disclosure Scotland checking service for your business or organisation in a timely and cost effective manner. Individuals can only request the Basic Disclosure and is not applicable to anyone who works with children or vulnerable adults or carry out a role that specifically requires disclosure.

Basic Disclosure

A Basic Disclosure (termed as a "criminal conviction certificate" in Part V of the Police Act 1997) is the lowest level of Disclosure and is available to anyone, including individuals and self-employed. It contains details of convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 or states that there are no such convictions. It is not job-specific or job related and may be used more than once.

Employers and volunteering organisations are entitled to ask prospective employees / volunteers to obtain a Basic Disclosure as pre-employment check. Please note that this is applicable to anyone who does not work in any regulated activity, meaning any work involving children or vulnerable adults or carry out a role that specifically requires disclosure.

Standard Disclosure

This is primarily available to anyone involved in working with children or vulnerable adults, as well as certain other occupations and entry into professions as specified in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974.

Standard Disclosures shows all conviction information, spent and unspent including cautions. If the post involves working with children or vulnerable adults, the following may also be searched:

  • Protection of Children Act (POCA) List;
  • Information that is held under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002 (formerly known as List 99)

Enhanced Disclosure

This is the highest level of check available to anyone involved in regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of children or vulnerable adults. It is also available in certain licensing purposes and judicial appointments. Enhanced Disclosures contain the same information as the Standard Disclosure but with the addition of any other non-conviction information considered relevant by the police or other Government bodies. Please note that the PVG scheme would need to be performed instead of enhanced disclosures for those working with vulnerable groups or children.

The PVG Scheme

The Scottish Government will introduce Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme) from 28th February 2011 to replace and improve the current disclosure arrangements for people who work with vulnerable groups. This can be summarised as follows:

  • Help to ensure that those who have regular contact with children and protected adults through paid and unpaid work do not have a known history of harmful behaviour.
  • Be quick and easy 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, thus making it easier for employers to determine who they should check to protect their client group.

Any individual who is not barred may apply to become a member of the PVG Scheme. The PVG Scheme is administered by Disclosure Scotland and allows organisations to satisfy themselves that an individual to whom they are offering regulated work is not barred from doing that type of regulated work.

PVG Scheme members are continuously monitored for new vetting information and any information which comes to light which may indicate that they are unsuitable to partake in regulated work will lead to a consideration for listing. This will be managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland that as an executive agency of the Scottish Government will take on additional responsibilities.


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Oaks Court Nursing Home, Wolverhampton
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Aldbourne Nursing Home, Wiltshire
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Greenview Nursing House, West Yorkshire