Everything you need to know about DBS checking for nannies

Published: 01/07/2021

Guidelines for nannies and parents

It’s important for nannies to have an Enhanced DBS check with Barred Lists from Disclosure and Barring Service in order to look after children.

For anyone that wants to be Ofsted registered, you must have an Enhanced Check with Barred List certificate, within 3 months of the issue date. 

How to get a DBS check

A DBS check must go through an approved organisation or Umbrella Body such as an approved nanny agency like myTamarin.

An Umbrella Body can supply the nanny with a DBS application form to fill out. The nanny will need their ID and address history from the past 5 years. Once completed the Umbrella Body can send this on to the DBS on behalf of the nanny. 

They will also need to check the nanny’s ID at least one photo ID which confirms their name and birth date and at least two forms of ID which confirm their current address – for example a driving licence and bank statement.

How much does a DBS check cost?

The price of a DBS check will differ depending on the type and what agency you use. The basic fee is £40 and then any admin fees for the work carried out plus VAT will be charged on top of this depending on the umbrella company or agency you use. 

How long does a DBS check take?

It generally takes around 3-6 weeks to get a DBS check. However this can depend on the following:

  • The level of check
  • If the details given are accurate
  • The police forces involved
  • The time of year

When complete, one copy of the Disclosure is sent to the nanny and another copy is sent to the umbrella organisation/agency.

For how long is a DBS check valid for?

Industry standards tend to consider a DBS check is valid for up to 3 years but many families or employers will request an updated one at the start of employment or for your DBS to be on the update system. 

This means a DBS can be checked at any point and get an up to date status. Having a DBS on the update system costs £13 per year after the initial DBS fee and you must choose to sign up to the update system within 30 days of your DBS certificate being issued.

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