Do Nursery Staff Need DBS Checks?
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) exists to safeguard business owners and their customers. But more importantly, it exists to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. So, do nursery staff need DBS checks? Absolutely. And not just basic checks looking for unspent convictions.
What DBS Check Do I Need to Work in a Nursery?
The Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List is performed on anyone interested in working with children either in a paid or volunteer capacity. It is non-negotiable and the process for this type of DBS check typically takes about 6 weeks. Just to be clear, here is a list of those nursery workers who would need a DBS check before they would be allowed to work with children:
- Director of a children’s home
- Childminder assistant
- Playgroup owner
So whether you run a childcare centre or work directly with the children, you will need the Enhanced DBS check with Barred List before you could start work.
What if You Mind Children in Your Home?
Busy working professionals often leave their young children to the care of a private childminder who may open their home to numerous children every day. Should you be interested in childminding at home then you – as well as any other adults who live in the house or who you plan to have work with the children – will need the aforementioned Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List.
That potentially includes your husband, wife or live-in partner, any other adults in the house (including boarders, if any) as well as any children between 16 and 18 years of age. If you have a regular cleaner they will need to be checked as well. So will any volunteers planning to help out.
What Does an Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List Include?
There are several different levels of DBS check with the Basic Check being the simplest and the Enhanced Check with Barred List being the most comprehensive. The Enhanced Check with Barred list includes a check of both spent and unspent convictions. In addition, it invites input from the police regarding any cautions, warnings or reprimands that might have been issued against the applicant. As well as anything else the police may want to include that they feel is relevant about the applicant.
Getting DBS Checks for Nursery Staff
When you work with The Check People, getting an Enhanced DBS check with Barred List is a simple and straightforward process. Our online DBS check saves you time and aggravation. Just remember, as we stated earlier the process can take up to 6 weeks. In some cases even a bit longer. And if you have a complex address history you could wind up being disqualified if your address information is not consistent.
The DBS Update Service
DBS makes a point to remind applicants and employers that the results of DBS checks – regardless of what level of check – are only valid for the day they are issued. For this reason, the DBS recommends you sign up for the DBS update service. The service costs £13 a year and results in your certificate being automatically updated any time something changes. This helps ensure no one working with children slips something past the DBS the first time out.
One advantage to signing up for the DBS Update Service is that your DBS certificate is updated continually, so there is no reason to go back through the application process every time you need a check. In addition, if Ofsted needs to do another DBS check on you down the road, you won’t have to pay for it.
The Bottom Line
Individuals who aspire to work in a nursery will need an Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List. There is no getting around this requirement. Some with questionable histories may try to submit fraudulent documents in an effort to obtain a certificate from DBS. But robust safeguards are in place at every level to ensure they do not succeed.
If you plan on opening a childcare facility, or you need to hire help to assist with your existing facility, The Check People can help. Give us a call today to find out more.