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How do I apply for a DBS (CRB) Check?

It's easy to apply for a DBS (formerly known as CRB) check

Parents and Childcare Professionals often ask us how they can get a DBS check or how they can apply for a DBS check. It’s not possible to apply for a DBS check directly via the Disclosure and Barring Service as an individual but there are several agencies that can help you and the DBS site will give you further advice on applying.

Parents will often ask for candidates with a DBS check or for candidates that are willing to apply for a DBS check. If you don’t have a DBS check its easy to apply online and it’s not as expensive as you might think, costing around £45 - £65.

Many nannies already hold a DBS check or enhanced DBS check because it was required by a previous employer.

Ofsted require childminders to hold a current DBS disclosure. If you employ a childminder that is registered and approved by Ofsted she will be able to show you his / her current Ofsted report and DBS document.  When you contact childminders you should always ask them to confirm that they are an Ofsted registered childminder.

Applying for a DBS check can take up to 16 weeks so you should always try to think ahead.

Further information on DBS Checks.