The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a government body which processes criminal record checks that prevent unsuitable people from working with children and other vulnerable groups.
About DBS checks
- Replaced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in 2012.
- It is illegal for anyone who has been barred by the DBS to work, or apply to work, in the sector from which they are barred.
- It is also illegal for an employer in that sector to knowingly employ a worker who has been barred.
- There are three levels of checks: Standard, Enhanced and Enhanced with Barred List.
DBS checks and Ofsted registration
- Ofsted require an up-to-date enhanced DBS Disclosure.
- Ofsted can provide a DBS check if required for £60 in addition to their registration fee.
- People applying for Ofsted registration can apply for a DBS check elsewhere, however they must have their Disclosure upon applying to the register.
How can nannies get a DBS check?
- You cannot apply directly to the DBS
- Members of the public cannot obtain a DBS Disclosure directly, they must go through an approved organisation.
- Several nanny agencies can help nannies with a DBS check. The nanny will need to obtain a DBS application form from the nanny agency.
- The agency then sends the completed form to an 'umbrella organisation' who liaise with the DBS.
- Employers can also find an 'umbrella body' through the government website here.
To find a local nanny agency to carry out a DBS check for you, visit our Agency Directory
Cost of a DBS check
This will depend on the type of DBS check and whether you use an agency.
- Standard - £26 - This checks for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.
- Enhanched - £44 - This includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police that is reasonably considered relevant to the role being applied for.
- Enhanced with list checks - £44 - This is like the enhanced check, but includes a check of the DBS barred lists.
- Checks are made via nanny agencies through a Registered Body. The Registered Body will charge around £15-25 and agencies may charge around £50 for nannies who are not registered with that agency.
How long does a DBS check take?
Generally, it can take around 8 weeks to get a DBS check. However, the time it takes to complete the DBS check depends on the following:
- The level of check
- If the details given are accurate
- What police forces need to be invloved with the check
- When complete, a copy of the Disclosure is sent to the nanny/applicant who is being checked and a copy is sent to the umbrella organsiation.