About CRBS

The Central Registered Body in Scotland manages the essential service of providing free disclosure records, guidance, advice and support to voluntary sector organisations working with children, young people and protected adults.

CRBS is responsible for:

  • Acting as the umbrella body for the voluntary sector
  • Determing if organisations are eligible to access Standard or Enhanced disclosure records
  • Determing if organisations are eligible to access Scheme Records and Scheme Record Updates under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scotland Act
  • Assessing and managing disclosure applications submitted by enrolled organisations
  • Facilitating the return of disclosure records from Disclosure Scotland to enrolled organisations
  • Providing advice, guidance and support to enrolled organisations on issues relevant to the disclosure process
  • Ensuring enrolled organisations understand and comply with the Ministerial Code of Practice


Their aim is to increase the numbers and diversity of volunteers by:

  • Driving modernising approaches to volunteering
  • Improving the access to volunteering opportunities
  • Enhancing the volunteering experience
  • Encouraging a balanced and proportionate response to legislation and
  • Influencing policy and decision makers through a robust, evidence based approach


  • Openness and honesty
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Equality and respect
  • Mutuality

2009-2014 Strategic Outcomes

Our approaches will result in achieving the following outcomes:

Volunteer involving organisations, and policy stakeholders from all sectors recognise the contribution of volunteering to their outcomes using an evidence-based approach;
Volunteers have a better quality experience and will more easily access appropriate opportunities;
Volunteer involving organisations, decision and policy makers will support and encourage volunteering with a balanced and proportionate response towards regulation and legislation.