A Guide to DBS Checks for Nannies
Nannies and childminders provide a valuable service for parents who need childcare. As the role of a nanny involves direct care of children, safeguarding is of the utmost importance and DBS Checks form a vital part of the process.
A DBS Check for nannies and childminders demonstrates the individual’s suitability for a role that involves working with children.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the level of DBS Check required for a nanny or childminder and how to go about getting one.
How To Apply for a DBS Check as a Nanny
If you work as a nanny, or you’re planning to become one, then you’ll need to get a DBS Check carried out. The main purpose of a DBS Check is to search through an individual’s criminal record and make sure that there are no offences and convictions listed that may prevent them from doing the job in question.
As a nanny or childminder, there are two main options available to get a DBS Check:
An individual nanny who doesn’t work for an agency can only get a Basic DBS Check. Anyone can apply for a Basic DBS Check who is aged 16 years or more. A Basic DBS Check only reveals unspent convictions and is not suitable for safeguarding-critical roles. However, a family that is hiring a live-in nanny may only require this level of check, as they may not feel that the nanny needs a comprehensive higher level DBS Check.
The other option is for a nanny to apply for a DBS Check through a registered agency, whether working on a self-employed basis or within an organisation. The agency will be able to apply for an Enhanced DBS Check on the nanny’s behalf. An Enhanced DBS Check reveals details of any spent or unspent convictions, as well as warnings, reprimands, and cautions and any relevant police notes. A barred list check may also be required.
A Third Option – Applying for a DBS Check Through Ofsted
If a family wants peace of mind and asks that a self-employed nanny applies for an Enhanced DBS Check, they can request one through Ofsted.
To do this, the nanny must register themselves as a childminder with Ofsted. Ofsted can then apply for the Enhanced DBS Check on the nanny’s behalf. In other words, Ofsted acts in the same way as an employing agency, although they remain as a regulatory body and not a direct employer.
Summary of DBS Checks for Nannies
DBS Checks for nannies are important as they help to meet safeguarding requirements and give families peace of mind that their children are being cared for by safe people.
A nanny can apply for a Basic DBS Check as an individual, or go through a registered agency or Ofsted to get an Enhanced DBS Check (and children’s barred list check, if needed).
If you would like to find out more about DBS Checks for nannies, including how to apply using our handy online service, get in touch with one of our helpful advisors today.