Protection of Vulnerable Groups Disclosure (PVG) Checks

How do I get a PVG check for Scouting?

Return the completed form to the Group Scout Leader and we’ll register you on the Scout Association membership system (Compass) and start the PVG application process.

As a minimum you’ll need to provide 3 separate pieces of ID, one of which must confirm your date of birth, and one of which must confirm your current address.  Depending on what forms of ID you’re able to present you may need to provide extra forms of ID.

  • Your full name, and any other names that you may have had in the past
  • Details of addresses where you have lived during the past five years
  • Your date and place of birth
  • Your national insurance number

Once you’ve submitted the application it can take anywhere between 2 and 8 weeks to process.

How do I renew a PVG check for Scouting?


If your current PVG check is running out you will receive an email with renewal details 90 days before it is due.

As a minimum you’ll need to provide 3 separate pieces of ID, one of which must confirm your date of birth, and one of which must confirm your current address.  Depending on what forms of ID you’re able to present you may need to provide extra forms of ID.

  • Your full name, and any other names that you may have had in the past
  • Details of addresses where you have lived during the past five years
  • Your date and place of birth
  • Your national insurance number
  • Current PVG Member number (16 digit No. on the front of your form)

Once you’ve submitted the application it can take anywhere between 2 and 8 weeks to process.

I can't find all of the ID I selected online, can I still complete the process?


Don’t worry – we can select new forms of ID when you bring it for checking.

I don't have access to a computer, what can I do?


Don’t worry – complete and hand-in the adult information form as normal.  Once you’re registered on the system, we’ll arrange a mutually convenient time to meet with you and complete the whole PVG application in one go.

How long does the PVG check take?


Once you’ve submitted your final application it normally takes 2-8 weeks for the process to complete, although it can take longer at busy times of the year. You will receive a copy of your disclosure certificate in the post.

Please note: if you have something on your criminal record, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t help us, but you should be aware that the clearance process may take slightly longer.

How long does my Scouting PVG check last?


Your PVG check is valid for 5 years, providing you and/or your child remain actively involved in Scouting.

I already have a PVG check for another organisation – can I use that for Scouting?


Unfortunately not, you will need to fill out an existing member form specifically for the Scout Assosiation.

If you’ve had a PVG check done for another role within Scouting, or with a different Scout Group/District, you should be able to use that, please speak to your young person’s section leader or the Group Scout Leader.


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