DBS Checks

DBS (formerly CRB) checks are essential for anyone who wants to employ a nanny to look after their children. People working in nurseries and child-minders have to be automatically checked as part of the Ofsted process. When checking your nanny’s references, ALWAYS ask to see their DBS check which must be valid within 12 months.

The Disclosure and Barring Service was set up in 2012 and now carries out the function that was performed by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

DBS checks are meant to help prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups such as children. If an employer or an organisation, for example, a regulatory body, has concerns that a person has caused harm or poses a future risk of harm to children then they legally must make a referral to the DBS which can result in such a person being barred from working with children.

The DBS searches police records and, in relevant cases, barred list information, and then issues a DBS certificate to the applicant and employer to help them make an informed recruitment decision.

The checking service currently offers two levels of DBS check; standard and enhanced:

Standard disclosure

The standard disclosure is primarily for positions involving regular contact with children or vulnerable adults, but can also be used for some other professions of high responsibility (for example, accountancy). Standard Disclosures reveal details of any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings the applicant has received, regardless of length of time since the incidents; together with details of whether that person is banned from working with children or vulnerable adults (if these details have been requested).

Enhanced disclosure

Enhanced disclosure is for positions involving greater contact with children or vulnerable adults (for example: teachers, nurses, midwives, doctors, dentists, social workers, student nurses, student midwives, medical students, dental students, pharmacists, pharmacy students) and for certain additional professions (for example, judicial appointments). In general, the type of work will involve regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of children or vulnerable people.

In addition to the information provided on a Standard Disclosure, the Enhanced Disclosure involves an additional check with the police, who check if any other information is held on file that may be relevant (for instance, investigations that have not led to a criminal record). The police decide what (if any) additional information will be added to the Disclosure. In rare circumstances the police may write to the employer separately giving confidential information about an ongoing criminal investigation into the applicant. This information may not be released to the applicant and the employer cannot reveal it to them.

Nannies, their Employers and DBS Checks

It is essential for any person working as a Nanny to have a valid Enhanced DBS Check.

As a Nanny producing a DBS certificate for your employer not only shows that you are a professional but that you have no restrictions against working with children.

For employers it gives you a greater peace of mind that you are leaving your child in safe hands. It is in fact against the law for employers to employ someone to work with children if they are on one of the barred lists and therefore as an employer it is essential your Nanny has a valid DBS.

We require all the Nannies registered with Parental Choice to have a valid DBS check dated within the last 12 months or to be registered with the DBS update service. If you as a Nanny or your Nanny does not have a valid DBS we can assist in starting an application today. If a nanny is a member of the updated service (please see below) we will undertake a check with your permission on your DBS status.

How do you get a DBS check?

Individuals cannot request a DBS check for themselves, the request for a DBS check must come from the organisation recruiting the individual. In relation to nannies, the nanny agency which has recruited them should have carried out an Enhanced DBS check. Please note that DBS certificates will only be sent to individuals and not to organisations and nannies therefore must produce their original certificates to potential employers. In addition registered organisations can track online that the certificate is valid.

DBS Update Service

There is no official expiry date on a DBS. Any information included will only be accurate at the time of printing the certificate.  Since 2013 an update service was introduced meaning it is now possible for DBS checks to be kept up-to-date and checked online without the need for a new check to be undertaken each time (providing it is within the same workforce and the same level of check is required).

The update service costs £13 annually and we encourage all our nannies to register with the update service as it not only saves the hassle of completed DBS application forms but also in the long run saves money! To register for the update service now please follow this link https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Next time you recruit someone and need to get them DBS checked – why not ask if they are a member of the update service. If they are, with their permission, you can use their current DBS certificate and carry out a free, instant online check to see if any new information has come to light since its issue.

How can Parental Choice help?

Parental Choice are able to undertake a DBS check for you. We can help Nannies seeking to get a new Enhanced DBS check or Employers who have employed/offered to a Nanny and need them to apply for an updated Enhanced DBS.  Applications are completed online and turnaround times are usually within a couple of weeks but are all dependent on the DBS systems!

For more information or to start an application for a DBS please call on 020 8979 6453 or email on info@parentalchoice.co.uk
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