deafscotland is registered as a counter signatory body with Disclosure Scotland (under its legal name - Scottish Council on Deafness).

Corona virus update: our office in Bath Street has been put into lockdown (out with our control). While we can still do countersignatory checks, having no access to our office makes it much more difficult to do so. Please contact Disclosure Scotland   to find out what they recommend during this national emergency. If you need to contact us, please do so by email. Thank you for your co-operation.

31 March 2020 Corona Virus update: 

Disclosure Scotland is making a temporary change to how applications are processed. They have been working closely with the Scottish Government and key stakeholders on their response to coronavirus (COVID-19).  

In addition to their prioritising of checks for those who have the most vital roles supporting the country during this time, they are no longer accepting paper applications. For more information, go to

We, at deafscotland, can still countersign disclosure applications on behalf of other organisations which may be too small to become signatories themselves or for individuals who are self-employed and need to have a disclosure to work in their chosen field. But will have to do it in a different way as we cannot put ourselves or anyone else at risk. The disclosure form needs to be submitted electronically, but as countersignatories we still need to be able to check ID. It might be possible to do this by Skype or Zoom.

Please contact us at to discuss your need for a disclosure and arrangements for countersigning the form.

We can countersign disclosure applications on behalf of other organisations which may be too small to become signatories themselves or for individuals who are self-employed and need to have a disclosure to work in their chosen field.
You might need to join the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Scheme as you will be doing “regulated” work - working directly with children and/or protected adults, often in an educational or caring role, and be required to have a Scheme Record which needs to be countersigned.
As countersignatories, individual deafscotland staff have to be satisfied that the work you will be doing is Regulated Work under Disclosure Scotland rules.
Under the  PVG scheme, you need to be having regular unsupervised contact with a child or protected adult as part of your normal every day duties.
If you need to get your form countersigned, you should ask Disclosure Scotland to send you the correct form. You then fill it in and contact deafscotland for an appointment to have the form checked and countersigned.
Our contact details are: or 0141 248 2474.
 When you have your appointment date, you will need to bring with you:
  1. Your application form, with the payment section completed.  Who is to pay for this needs to be decided before you come for your appointment.  It is your responsibility to sort this out. You can pay the fee and then it may be possible to claim it back from your employer. Or it can be paid by your employer. Or arrangements can be made by your employer for deafscotland to pay the fee and invoice your employer for payment
  2. Three forms of identification  - one of which needs to be photographic - your passport, your driving licence, a national ID card; the others need to have your current address on them - a bank statement, a utility bill (gas/electricity), current council tax letter. They all need to show the same address. The bank statement and utility bill should not be more than 3 months old.
  3. Your job description or a letter from your employer  to show that you will be doing regulated work.
  4. If you are a sole trader or self-employed, then you will need to bring your job description, a leaflet or other printed information that states what you will be doing.
  5. Our £23.00 administration fee - in cash or by cheque - unless your employer has arranged to be invoiced for the service. deafscotland cannot take payment by card at this time.


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The fees for the PVG Scheme application: please double check with deafscotland or Disclosure Scotland – currently  £18 if you are already a scheme member/have a scheme number. £59 if not - please see above if not paying cash.
At your appointment:
1. The deafscotland staff member will check your job description/employer's letter to satisfy themselves that you are doing/going to be doing  regulated work. The staff member may have to contact your employer if it is not clear from the documents that you are doing regulated work.
2. The  staff member will check each part of your form and may ask you questions about what you have written to make sure that  everything is completed properly.
3. When the staff member is satisfied that everything is correct, they will countersign your form. Your identification documents as well as your form will be photocopied and deafscotland will keep a copy on file for 6 months.
4.  deafscotland will then send the form to Disclosure Scotland on your behalf.

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deafscotland, as your sponsoring body, remains responsible and contactable both for you and Disclosure Scotland, if there are any difficulties.
Disclosure Scotland will send a copy of the disclosure certificate to deafscotland and a copy to you. deafscotland keeps the copy on file and electronically indefinitely . You should share your copy with your employer. 
All your information kept by us will be secured as stated in our GDPR policy.