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Police Checks – DBS Checks

Eden Nannies and Maternity, as part of the National Working Party for the registration of childcare agencies, has redoubled efforts to ensure the safety of privately supervised children at all levels.

Our specific code of practice runs in parallel with that under legislative review, led by PANN (The professional Association of Nursery Nurses). In association with the NSPCC and other leading authorities, Eden Nannies and Maternity will provide only suitably qualified staff who possess faultless references and encourage all Childcares undertake the Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure process.

In delivering the highest quality personnel, we operate a scrupulous inspection procedure through Civil and Corporate Security, the UK’s primary vetting service (also working with the National Working Party) assuring parents that no stone is left unturned when dealing with the safety of their children.

For those permanent nannies who are successfully placed in a position by Eden Nannies and Maternity who remain in that position for the first eight weeks, we will pay for the cost of obtaining a CRB Enhanced Disclosure.

At Eden Nannies and Maternity we firmly believe professional child carers should undertake to have themselves checked frequently. This is something any child carer should see as a benefit to their professionalism towards working with children, and also offers additional peace of mind to any potential employers.

At present we cannot automatically check all registered candidates, but we have recently linked up with a company who can do these checks for any nannies and maternity nurses looking to obtain one. The checks take around six weeks to come through, and vary in cost depending in the check you require. For further information on getting a Criminal Records Disclosure done please call us on 0844 409 7321

What is a Criminal Records Disclosure?

A ‘Disclosure’ is a document containing information held by the Police and Government departments. More and more employers are requesting that a record check is undertaken for nannies they are looking at employing.

There are three types of Disclosure:

Basic Disclosure: This only contains information held on Central Police records that are unspent according to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Standard Disclosure: This contains information about both spent and unspent convictions, as well as cautions, warnings and reprimands. This disclosure also contains any details from lists held by the Department of Health and The Department for Skills and Education of those considered unsuitable for working with children.

Enhanced Disclosure: This is the most comprehensive and appropriate check that is available. In addition to the information contained in a standard disclosure it also provides any information held on List 99, the Protection of Children Act list and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults list. These are lists of adults deemed NOT suitable to work with children, but who may not have been prosecuted.

Benefits to employers

The main benefit to employers is peace of mind knowing that an employee or potential employee has been found suitable to work with your children. There is also security knowing an employee has not been convicted of an offence of theft. Asking for a disclosure can also help to build a trusting relationship with a new nanny.

Benefits to nannies and maternity nurses

Obtaining a disclosure will show professionalism and transparency which most employers look for. A disclosure can also be of benefit at interview stage. Nannies and maternity nurses looking to work overseas can take their disclosure with them to show that thorough security vetting has been carried out in the UK.

What about nannies from overseas?

A UK disclosure can be obtained for anyone who has been living in the UK for at least six months. Checks can also be obtained from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Prospective nannies from other countries may be able to obtain checks from their embassy in London, or before they arrive in the country.

If you need further information, please email