All Nannies represented by Absolute Childcare must hold a clear, up to date DBS check. (Nannies need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of six months to undergo a DBS disclosure). If the Nanny has been in the UK for fewer than six months, we endeavour to obtain a police check from the candidates’ home country.
DBS checks can take up to 12 weeks, all offers of employment are subject to a clear DBS check.
We do not rely on DBS checks alone, they are a part of the vetting process. We also carry out a mixture of verbal and written reference checks for all placed Nannies and check documentation.
DBS Enhanced disclosures are not the same as a UK Police Check. The DBS checks:
- Any criminal convictions, including those that would normally be considered ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1997
- Whether the applicant is on ‘List 99’ (secret register of men and women who are barred from working with children)
- Whether the applicant is on the Protection of Children Act List
- Whether the applicant is subject to any Disqualification Orders
- Any other information the police consider to be relevant (this could include the fact that the candidate’s family has been subject to a child protection investigation).
The DBS is an executive division of the Home Office, established in 2002, in order to provide businesses employing people in positions of trust with a secure and streamlined recruitment process.
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