Protection of Vulnerable Groups and the Disclosure of Criminal Information

Closed 18 Jul 2018

Opened 25 Apr 2018

Results Updated 2 Oct 2018

We received 352 responses; 268 from organisations and 84 from individuals. Responses were received from a range of stakeholders with varying backgrounds including judicial bodies, the legal sector, local government, voluntary organisations and the medical profession.

The summary report provides a simple summary of responses received across all platforms without discussion of points raised. The full report goes into more detail on how respondents answered the questions and further addresses some of the issues raised across responses.
The consultation paper, the responses to it and the report are only one part of the process of involving those with an interest in the development of proposals to review the disclosure regime. This report is not the Scottish Ministers’ response to the consultation, this will be published at a later date.


Published Responses

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This consultation seeks views on proposals for the reform to the disclosure regime in Scotland. The aim is for respondents to focus on what changes are required to make disclosure of criminal convictions fit for the 21st century.  Some changes that may be identified might be better pursued through non-legislative means.  Others may require to be looked at in terms of wider Scottish Government policy.

Our pre consultation engagement brought out the complex nature of the present disclosure system. It also brought out the high degree of value and trust that people invest in Disclosure Scotland and all of its products, but particularly the PVG Scheme.  The disclosure system is complex and one of our aims must be to make sure that this is simplified as much as possible to make it truly customer-focused so that we can deliver a better system suitable for the next 10 years and beyond.

The proposals relate to the following:

  • Disclosure Scotland products
  • Application for the removal of conviction information
  • The length of time spent convictions will be disclosed
  • Barring and listing functions
  • Fee structure
  • The duration of PVG scheme membership
  • Mandatory nature of the PVG Scheme
  • The disclosure of convictions of under 18s
  • Changes to Other Relevant Information
  • The scope of regulated work

Why We Are Consulting

Scottish Ministers made a commitment during the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 passage through Parliament that this should be reviewed. The PVG Scheme has been in operation since 2011, the landscape around public protection and an individual’s right to move on with their life has changed. There have been advancements with technology. This consultation is seeking your views on these proposals to ensure any amendments to the disclosure regime takes full account of the public’s views on these matters. 

Download the consultation paper.


  • People of Scotland


  • Children and Families
  • Law and Order