GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG)

Covid-19 - PVG Forms

Disclosure Scotland is currently prioritising checks for those working in health and care sectors. Applications will be processed as promptly as possible. For further information, please visit the Disclosure Scotland website.

All applicants for GTC Scotland 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.

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

What happens when I apply?

When you apply for GTC Scotland registration, Disclosure Scotland will send you an application for the PVG scheme by email.

Once you have completed and submitted this form, they will  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 or lecturer.

The PVG scheme membership application must be completed within 7 days. If not, it will become void and you will need to contact the Registration Team at to initiate another application.

What are the Costs?

  • PVG: £59
  • EPVG: £18

These fees are set by Disclosure Scotland and paid directly to them as part of your application for the PVG scheme.

Required documents and next steps
What are the required identification documents?

Disclosure Scotland require copies of:

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

Please do not send originals, clear copies 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.

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.