Our childcare sector experts are here to support your needs and requirements for DBS checking as a valued childcare provider or provider of childcare personnel. We can advise on the law and DBS regulations for roles working closely with children. We can advise your appointed evidence checker(s) from registration right through to the completion of your DBS checks ensuring that they have the information and resources at their fingertips to adhere to you organisation’s safeguarding policies and practices at all times.

Almost all job roles within the childcare sector will be legally required to obtain the Enhanced level of disclosure (with barred list checks). This is a criminal record check against the Police National Computer showing all convictions, cautions and reprimands whether spent or unspent, a further search with the local police force and an additional check against the Child barred list(s).

It is your organisation’s legal responsibility to check that employees carrying out regulated activities, on your regulated site with children are not barred from working in these positions.

These levels of checks cannot be obtained by individuals, it is your responsibility as an organisation to apply for these disclosures on behalf of your employees and applicants by registering with an umbrella body such as ourselves and appointing an in-company evidence and identity checker for all of your applications. The registered body will then facilitate each application via their paper or online processing systems.

Disclosure for Contractors working around children – the Enhanced Disclosure (without barred list checks) – is a criminal record check against the Police National Computer showing all convictions, cautions and reprimands whether spent or unspent and a further search with the police force local to the applicant. The DBS are very specific as to the job roles, time scales and places of work that are eligible for this level of check.

This level of disclosure may be relevant for contractors working on your site or around the children you care for if they are on site either weekly or for four days in a 30 day period. This level of check would usually be obtained by the contracting company but could also be obtained for other positions within your organisation that do not directly involve working with, or have sole responsibility of children.

If you would like to go through your specifications and your safeguarding policy with one of our friendly team then please contact us and we will gladly discuss your requirements.

Additional Resources

CQC Guide on DBS Checks for Care

DBS Guide to Eligibility


NOTE: As an individual you can only apply for a Basic Disclosure. For a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure you will need to apply through your Company.