Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.

Are you working as a Nanny and need to complete the DBS check?

See below for common questions regarding how to register, costs and how this benefits you as a nanny.

 DBS Check

What does this mean for me as a Nanny when registering with Ofsted?

When registering online with Ofsted they will charge £52.10 and check all relevant documents. This information will be sent to DBS.

If I have completed the DBS application with a nanny agency, will I have to complete this again when registering with Ofsted?

No, when completing the Ofsted registration you will need to send the original certificate to Ofsted. They will be able to check your details.

What is the update service?

For a small annual subscription of just £13 a year you can have your DBS certificate kept up-to-date and take it with you from role to role, where the same type and level of check is required. By subscribing to the update service nannies can save themselves a lot of time and money depending on how many DBS checks you may have needed in the past.

How does the update service work?

Ask the person who submits your application for the application form reference number so you can subscribe to the DBS Update Service when you apply for your DBS check.

If you wait to subscribe with your DBS Certificate number you must use it within 14 days of the resulting DBS Certificate issue date.

Remember, If you wait to subscribe with your DBS Certificate number you must use it within 14 days of the DBS Certificate issue date. After this point you will not be able to register for the update service for that year.

How do you pay for DBS update service?

A card payment for the subscription fee, if applicable, is made securely from your account.

How can I let an organisation carry out a Status Check on my DBS Certificate?

You will need to give your consent and then show them your original DBS Certificate. They will record the DBS Certificate’s 12 digit reference number and your name and date of birth. After this they will go online and carry out a Status Check.

Is the service only available online?

Yes. The service is only available online.

What else!

Keep your certificate safe! Employers and recruiting organisations will need to ask you for sight of your DBS Certificate (DBS no longer automatically issue a copy of your DBS Certificate to the Registered Body who countersigned your DBS application form). This is to give you greater control over your information.

Benefits of completing the update service:

  • Saves you time and money. One DBS Certificate is all you may ever need.
  • You are able to take your DBS Certificate from role to role within the same workforce.
  • You are in control of your DBS Certificate.
  • No more waiting for police clearance as all details can easily be viewed online.

Benefits to your employer:

  • Instant online checks of DBS Certificates.
  • No more DBS application forms to fill in.
  • They may never need to apply for another DBS check for an employee again.
  • Saves time and money.
  • Enhances safeguarding processes and may help to reduce risks.

For more information call DBS on: 08709090111

DBS Applicant guide: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-update-service-applicant-guide