PVG Scheme


Volunteer Centre Borders is a designated 'Intermediary Body' for Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services (previously  CRBS - Central Registered Body in Scotland) and Disclosure Scotland.

We have a designated member of staff who can guide you through the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) process. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 01896754041 for further information.

We can assist in enrolling qualifying voluntary groups to access PVG Checks

We can also help organisations register their own authorised signatory

Once enrolled, we can carry out checks on approved roles within the organisation

Approved roles - roles where the job description shows regulated work with children or protected adults

Regulated work – where the normal duties include regular, one-to-one contact with children or protected adults

The PVG Scheme must only be used for regulated work. Not all roles will fit the necessary criteria.

PVG Checks are free for volunteers (although a small administration fee is payable to VC Borders).

If the posts are paid these are the charges…

Application to join the PVG Scheme - £59

Scheme Record - £59 (But free of charge when requested at the same time as an application to join).

Scheme Record Update - £18

Scheme Record requested by the same employer subsequently to a Scheme Record Update - £41 (that is £59 minus £18) if the subsequent application is made within 30 days of the Scheme Record Update being issued, £59 (after more than 30 days)

Scheme Membership Statement - £18 (if requested in an application subsequent to the application to join) But free of charge when requested at the same time as an application to join

Scheme Record or Scheme Record Update for volunteers working in a qualifying voluntary organisation in Scotland - Free of charge**

(**Please note that although checks for volunteers are free, Volunteer Centre Borders charges organisations a minimal administration fee of £10 for each completed form. )

For assistance with registering with Volunteer Scotland or to arrange for Volunteer Centre Borders to carry out these procedures, or for any other PVG related queries, please contact Amanda Harvey on 01896 754 041.

PVG Checks

What you need to bring with you:

A passport sized photograph of yourself (for Visual ID checks only)

Documents/Information required for Visual ID checks and PVG Checks:

National Insurance Number

At least one of the following:

Passport (UK or other country)

Photographic Driving Licence

Other Photo ID Card (eg staff ID card)


At least one of the following*:

Bank or building society statement

Utility bill with current address

Credit or store card statement

Financial statement (e.g. mortgage, ISA)

Correspondence for Benefits Agency, Employment Service , Inland Revenue or Local Authority

Pension or other Benefit Book

Each of the documents from this group must be less than 3 months old.

It would also be beneficial to see your Birth Certificate.

Addresses - we need to know your residential address history for the last 5 years.


PVG Scheme Records (formerly known as Disclosures) - more detailed information

On 28 February 2011, the Scottish Government introduced a new membership scheme to replace and improve upon the previous disclosure arrangements for people who work with vulnerable groups.

Volunteer Centre Borders acts as an intermediary and access the access PVG Scheme Membership Statements, Scheme Records and Scheme Updates on behalf of Volunteer Centre Borders registered organisations.

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme) will,

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 and make it easier for employers to determine who they should check to protect their client group.

The new system will improve those arrangements by reducing the need for people to complete a lengthy application form every time a disclosure is required through a membership scheme that continually updates relevant information.

It will also ensure that people who become unsuitable during their employment can be quickly identified and will allow employers to check records more quickly and easily.

What is Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services?

Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services (originally CRBS) was established by the Scottish Government to provide free Disclosures (police checks) for volunteers in the voluntary sector working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Useful Links:

Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services

Disclosure Scotland

Disclosure Scotland Information on the PVG Scheme