DBS Checks for Nannies

Looking for a DBS check for a nanny and unsure of which process to follow? Here is all the essential information you need for a nanny background check in the UK.


Which Level of DBS Check does a Nanny Require?

Anyone working in a childcare role requires an enhanced DBS check as children are classified as a vulnerable group.

What is the Process of Obtaining an Enhanced DBS Check for a Nanny?

The nanny will need to obtain an enhanced DBS check via an approved childcare organisation such as a nanny agency. The parents who are looking to employ the nanny can’t obtain the DBS check online on their behalf and nannies can’t apply for it directly themselves. Nannies and parents have to go through an agency to comply with the DBS requirements.

The application for an enhanced DBS check involves filling out our simple online form and getting this verified by the childcare organisation you work for. The length of time it takes to get your results varies, but it is normally 5 to 10 working days if all details are supplied correctly. Once you have received your certificate, you can share this with your agency looking to employ you as a nanny for the parents they have on their books.

Is it Illegal to Work as a Childcare Provider Without an Enhanced DBS Check for Nannies?

If your DBS check results bar you from working with children, it is illegal to work in this sector. Once an individual is on a barred list, it is also illegal for anyone to employ you to work with children in any capacity.

Nannies are Encouraged to Sign Up for the DBS Update Service

If you’re applying for a nanny background check, we’d strongly recommend signing up for the DBS update service. This allows you to provide updated certificate details to your new or existing employer, rather than having to make a whole new application every time it is required.

Looking for more information on the nanny background checks? We’d be happy to help talk you through the process. Get in touch with our team of friendly experts today.

Enhanced DBS Check for £69.80
Single application only. Results available within 5 - 10 days*

*The turnaround times given are the average times taken for completion of the application. The time it takes can vary depending on local police searches, multiple addresses, common names and multiple name changes.