Obtaining checks for nannies can be somewhat of a grey area, but the most frequent question Care Check get asked is “I’m a nanny, can I get a DBS check for myself?”

The simple answer is no.

Self-employed nannies cannot obtain a DBS check for themselves and it should be noted that the DBS will reject an application if requested by the parent or guardian of the family who will be employing a childcare provider/ nanny. It is unlawful for any individual to request a criminal record check on another person and perform the mandatory ID verification.

A child minder or nanny should always acquire their DBS check through the organisation or nanny agency that is employing them and who can request the check on their behalf.

If a person is an Ofsted-registered childminder or will be applying for registration, they can apply for an Enhanced level check via the Ofsted online system. However, please note that this is only applicable in England.

In Wales, a DBS check is obtained as part of the Childcare Approval Scheme and, in Scotland, a PVG check can be secured through a nanny agency.

The applicant will complete the initial application and the agency will verify all identification details aft er the original documents have been produced to them in person. The application will then be approved before it is transferred to the DBS for processing.

Once the application is complete, the certificate will need to be produced to the employer/ family before the nanny or childcare provider commences employment.

If you are an agency and looking for a fast, reliable and competitively priced DBS umbrella company to process criminal record checks for your nannies or child care providers then Care Check can help. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0333 777 8575 or info@carecheck.co.uk