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The Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020

Changes are being made to the current system as we prepare to implement a new legislation on 1st April 2025.

The Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020 will improve the disclosure system in Scotland by removing unnecessary barriers for people with convictions as they seek employment or other opportunities, and enhance the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

The Act includes:

  • the introduction of simplified disclosure products and people having more control over their information
  • an individualised approach to the disclosure of childhood offending and rights of review for convictions disclosed, to enhance fairness and proportionality
  • replacing the concept of ’regulated work’ with ’regulated roles’, making it more easily understood
  • the PVG scheme becoming mandatory for those carrying out regulated roles with children and protected adults
  • the ability for Disclosure Scotland to impose conditions on PVG scheme members who are under consideration for listing.

We are committed to supporting our enrolled organisations as changes are implemented. In preparation, VSDS is hosting Disclosure Act Info Sessions to give you the opportunity to learn about the new legislation and how you can prepare for working with the new Act. They will also provide a chance to ask any questions you may have about the implementation of the Act in 2025, as well as how to work with the current disclosure legislation.

Note: These will be information sessions based on the current status of the Act’s implementation at the time of the session. While we may not have all information available, these sessions will provide a grounding in preparation for the implementation.

VSDS Disclosure Act Information Sessions

All sessions are free and will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. Booking is required via Eventbrite. Available dates include: