The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG)

All applicants for GTCS registration are required to be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

What is the PVG scheme?

The PVG membership scheme is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. It helps make sure people whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to work with children and/or protected adults, can't do 'regulated work' (including teaching/lecturing) with these vulnerable groups.

GTCS registration will not be possible if PVG Scheme membership is refused by Disclosure Scotland.

What happens when I apply?

When you apply for registration, GTCS sends you either:

  • An Application to Join PVG Scheme form
  • (if you are already a member of the PVG Scheme) an Existing PVG (EPVG) Scheme Member Application form.

We send your form to Disclosure Scotland. They then carry out criminal record checks and share the results with you and us. These checks include any non-conviction data held by police that may be relevant to working as a teacher.

What are the Costs?

  • PVG: £59
  • EPVG: £18

This is payable by applicants. These fees are set by Disclosure Scotland and collected by GTCS as part of your online application.

Required documents and next steps

What are the required identification documents?

The PVG scheme membership form must be completed and returned to us with photocopies of all three of the below:

  • photo identification (passport or driving licence)
  • birth certificate
  • confirmation of your current address (utility bill/ bank statement)

Please do not send originals, photocopies will be sufficient.

If you are already a PVG Scheme member, with membership for regulated work with children, you will be required to complete an Existing PVG (EPVG) scheme member application.

Checks will be made to cover the period when you joined the scheme up to the present date. There is an £18 fee for this, payable by you.

What are the required identification documents?

The EPVG must be completed and returned to us along with photocopies of all four of the below:

  • photo identification such as passport or driving licence
  • birth certificate
  • confirmation of your current address - utility bill/ bank statement
  • PVG scheme record result, you will have received this document when you joined the scheme. This document includes your PVG Scheme Number and Membership Status. We require this status to be either "with children" or "with children and adults".
  • If you cannot locate this information, please contact Disclosure Scotland on 03000 200 040.

Please do not send originals, photocopies will be sufficient.

New information recorded

If there is new information recorded on your PVG Scheme record check, you will be required to complete a further full scheme record check for an additional £41.

Existing PVG Scheme members (vulnerable adults)

If your PVG Scheme membership is with regulated work with adults rather than children you will be required to join the PVG Scheme with regulated work with children at the cost of £59.