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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.
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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.

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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.
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Ofsted FAQs 

If you have any more questions, have a look through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Nanny Agency

Use our Agency Directory to find a great nanny agency near you who can help with your DBS Check.

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Registering With Ofsted

Have a look at the requirements and costs of Ofsted registration.

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