We undertake a disclosure check using the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme for all contract and supply staff within West Dunbartonshire.

Our application process for contract / supply staff in schools and early years centres will include the use of:

  • personal references
  • a health questionnaire / Occupational Health
  • a disclosure check using the PVG Scheme

In certain circumstances we may invite applicants for interview. For example, our early years service always interview contract and supply staff.

All checks are carried before staff start working with children.

Criminal records

West Dunbartonshire carries out a disclosure check on all staff who work with our children and young people using the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme). This check covers early years centre staff, teachers and supply / contract staff, e.g. transport providers.

The scheme checks all unspent and spent convictions and cautions held against an applicant. This includes non-conviction data that may be relevant to the area of work.


Registration makes sure the people who use these services know what they can expect. All the staff in the early year's centres are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council. All teachers are registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Drivers / Escorts on school transport

We will assess the suitability of drivers / escorts using the PVG Scheme. We will issue drivers of children with additional support needs an identity card. These will be carried and displayed at all times while working under the contract.

Find out more about:

PVG Scheme

Find our more information about the PVG Scheme which is a membership scheme for staff who care for or teach children and young people.

General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland

All teachers teaching in a Scottish local authority school has to be registered with GTC Scotland.

Scottish Social Services Council

The Scottish Social Services Council is responsible for registering people who work in social services. They promote and regulate their education and training.