DBS Checks for nannies and childminders

Are you looking to work as a nanny or childminder but are unsure of the checks and paperwork you need to do? Fear not – regarding DBS Checks for nannies and childminders we’ve got you covered.

Working with children can be hugely satisfying, but due to compliance and safeguarding there are a few things you need to do by law before you are able to.

It is crucial that nannies or childminders undergo a DBS Check. This is because children are deemed vulnerable, so screening people who work with them and checking they are suitable will protect them.

However, members of the public cannot obtain a DBS Check directly. The only way for a nanny to get the required DBS Check is to register with an approved nanny or childminder agency.

Are you looking to work as a nanny or childminder but are unsure of the checks and paperwork you need to do

Finding the right umbrella company

There are several nanny agencies who can help. They will provide a DBS application form to the person who wishes to apply for a job working with children.

Once the form has been completed it will be sent off to an ‘umbrella organisation’ which is an agency commonly used to liaise directly with the DBS.

CRB Check Online is one of the UK’s leading DBS umbrella bodies in the country, which annually screens more than 200,000 employees.

The company has all the relevant accreditation and provides a high level of quality and compliance, fast.

The role of the umbrella company is to apply for the check via the DBS which helps employers make well-informed decisions about recruitment.

What information will the DBS Check provide?

The results of the vetting process will provide any relevant criminal record information which will be used to determine whether a candidate is suitable for the role they are applying for.

If you want to be paid to look after children aged eight or younger, for more than two hours a week, then you must be registered with Ofsted, the organisation which inspects and regulates child care services.

Ofsted require all childminders to undergo a DBS Check and evidence of the process must be provided before employment starts.

You face a large fine or even jail if you are found to be working with children without the necessary documentation.

Which level of check do I need?

There are three levels of checks and people seeking nanny work, will need to undergo an enhanced disclosure certificate.

This searches your history for any offences which might relate to children, as well other convictions which might be of interest to future employers, such as unspent criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

DBS Checks for nannies and childminders

If you would like to find out more about what is required should you wish to become a nanny or childminder, get in touch. Our specially trained staff will guide you through the process step-by-step.