Childminding – Which DBS Checks Do You Need?
Whether you are caring for children voluntarily or as a paid employee, obtaining the correct DBS is check is essential. When it comes to working with young people (or vulnerable individuals), then the most stringent of all DBS checks apply, namely and Enhanced DBS check.
What Is an Enhanced DBS Check?
An enhanced DBS check searches for a criminal activity similar to the standard DBS check. It’s applied for by an employer on behalf of an individual and will reveal the following information:
- Information disclosed from the applicant’s local police station
In addition, it also reviews the Children’s Barred List to ensure that a candidate is not listed as harmful to children.
If you want to look after children for a living, then this level of DBS checking needs to be processed so that you can prove to your potential employees that you are not a threat to their children.
Which Childcare Workers Need to Be Checked?
If you work directly with children or run a childcare facility, then you will need to apply for an enhanced DBS check so that it can reflect on your certificate of compliance. Examples of childcare workers can include:
- Childminding assistants
- Playgroup owners
- Children’s home directors
As a person working closely with children, it is very important that you safeguard the young people in your care. This means that if you mind the children from your own home, then the adults who are living with you while you work will also need to apply for a DBS check.
DBS Checks for People in Your Home
Are there other adults who work with you? Or, if you care for other’s children in your own house, does anyone else live there with you?
- Does your partner live/work with you?
- Are there any cleaners who work in your home?
- Are your housemates around while you are supervising children?
- Are there any lodgers in the building that you work from?
If your answer is yes to any of the questions listed above, then these individuals will also need an enhanced DBS check so that you can continue to care for children.
How Can You Obtain an Enhanced DBS Check as A Childminder?
Obtaining an enhanced DBS check is a little trickier than applying for Basic Disclosure where you can easily request a certificate as an individual. Enhanced checks must be carried out by an employer or an agency. For example, those who would like to be a professional nanny would have their DBS checks carried out by the agency with which they are registered.
For an enhanced DBS check to be approved, you would need to provide the agency or your potential employers with the following documentation:
- Personal identification
- Proof of address
- Address history of 5 years
If, however, you would prefer to be self-employed and wish to work with children and vulnerable adults, then you would have to take a different approach to acquire your DBS check.
Childminder DBS check applications are made through Ofsted. You can find the link to process your self-employed enhanced DBS check on the UK government website. Here, you would need to verify the type of role that you are applying for and you would need to supply an organization reference and organization code (both of which would have been previously provided by Ofsted).
Once you have registered with Ofsted, then it will act as your agent and continue to process the application for your enhanced DBS check.
* It’s important to note that you will be responsible for the payment of a criminal check. The upside is that you will then be able to hold onto your DBS certificate so that you can produce it when required by parents and other authorities.