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Implementing the Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020

Disclosure Scotland will be making changes to our services from 1 April 2025.

This is to implement the Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020.

This page covers future changes. Visit for our live services.

Background to the Act

The Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 aims to:

  • focus on protecting the public, while balancing the need for people to move on from offending
  • simplify the process for disclosing criminal history information

The Scottish Government consulted with stakeholders in developing the Act. It had 3 rounds of scrutiny at the Scottish Parliament. It became law in July 2020.

Disclosure Scotland will make the changes required by the Act from 1 April 2025.

Read the full Act and explanatory notes on

How the Act will change our services

The Act will lead to:

  • changes to disclosure checks
  • changes to Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership
  • new powers for Disclosure Scotland
  • new powers for councils and integration boards

Changes to disclosure checks

For disclosure checks:

  • 'Level 1' and 'Level 2' checks will replace the current basic, standard, enhanced and PVG disclosure levels
  • you'll be able to ask for an independent review of some disclosure content
  • you'll be able to explain the context for certain spent or childhood convictions before they're disclosed

Learn more about the new disclosure levels.

Changes to PVG scheme memberships

From 1 April 2025, PVG membership will become mandatory for all regulated roles with children and protected adults.

From 1 April 2026, lifetime PVG scheme membership will end. We're replacing this with a time limited membership. PVG scheme membership will last 5 years before you need to renew it.

We're making the time limited membership change in April 2026 to help smoothly and fairly move existing PVG members to the new arrangements. We're working with stakeholders to further understand the transitional arrangements required.

New powers for Disclosure Scotland

Disclosure Scotland can bar people from working with children and protected adults after an investigation.

The Act gives us new powers to impose conditions on people while we investigate.

The conditions end when we reach a decision to bar them or not.

New powers for councils and integration boards

The Act gives local councils and integration boards new powers to make referrals to Disclosure Scotland.

This is to better safeguard people who have set up their own care and support arrangements, such as: 

  • self-directed support
  • employing people directly

Getting prepared for the changes

We're working with stakeholders as we prepare to implement the changes.

We're also developing guidance and training around the Act.

Learn more about preparing for the changes.

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