DBS Checks for Childcare Workers
There are four types of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Basic (see Disclosure Scotland), Standard, Enhanced and Enhanced with barred list checks.
Standard DBS check
This provides basic DBS check for applicants in Scotland.
Standard DBS check
This check covers details of any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings the applicant has received. This check is not sufficient for people wishing to work in childcare.
Enhanced DBS check
Enhanced DBS check covers all of the checks in the standard DBS check and any additional information held locally by police forces that’s reasonably considered relevant to the post applied for. This is suitable for certain positions such as working with children.
Enhanced DBS with lists check
Enhanced DBS with barred list check covers are specifically suitable for positions involving working with children. This check covers all the checks of an enhanced check but also includes a check to ensure the individual is not listed on the two DBS “barred lists”. The two barred lists record individuals who are not suitable for working with 1.children and 2.adults.
The enhanced DBS check was previously known as an enhanced CRB check.
Childcare workers need a DBS check
Generally, as an employer you are not allowed to ask job applicants about any spent criminal convictions, but this rule does not apply for certain jobs, such as childcare which requires a DBS check. Childcare jobs are covered but section 40 and 41 of the DBS eligibility guidance.
Why is a DBS check necessary?
Jobs that involve caring for, supervising or being in sole charge of children or adults require an enhanced DBS check. It is against the law for employers to employ someone or allow them to volunteer in this kind of work if they’re on one of the barred lists.
This also applies to employment agencies and employment business.
Individuals however cannot do a criminal records check on themselves. Nannies and childcarers are able to obtain a DBS check through a Nanny Agency and with the Update Service are able to pay a fee to allow prospective employers to directly verify the status of their DBS check with the DBS.
DBS checks and OFSTED
Nannies and child carers wishing to register with OFSTED can apply through the CAPITA portal at www.ofsteddbsapplication.co.uk using the code OFSTEP, no password required. Applications submitted through CAPITA must be countersigned to verify your identity. As a general rule if somebody is able to sign a passport application they are able to verify your identity for a DBS e.g. doctor, teacher, Minister of Religion, Police Officer. OFSTED require your DBS to be registered with the Update service. If it is not registered you will need to obtain another check. Checks registered on the Update service and carried out by organisations other than CAPITA are accepted but you will need to submit your DBS to OFSTED so that they can check the information disclosed.
Disclosure and Barring Service
For more details information visit Disclosure and Barring Service