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Childcare DBS

Childcare plays a huge part in our society and of course safeguarding is of the upmost importance, so whether you’re running a nursery, a creche, a children’s home, after-school club or a children’s sports team, DBS checks should be a top priority in your recruitment process.

What DBS check will you need? 

There are a number of DBS checks available: basic, standard and enhanced, so the level of DBS check you need will depend on the role of the applicant

Members of staff who are working, or volunteering, in ‘regulated activity’ with children will require an Enhanced DBS check in England or Wales.

Regulated Activity is defined as the following:

  • Unsupervised activities: teaching, training, instructing, caring for or supervising children, or providing advice/ guidance on well-being, or driving a vehicle for children;
  • Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: e.g. schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers;
  • Individuals who carry out regulated activity with children where the work is done infrequently (but more than once) will require an Enhanced Level DBS check


  • Individuals who carry out regulated activity with children more than 3 times a month or overnight (between 2am and 6am where there may be face-to-face contact with children) will require an Enhanced DBS check with the Child Barred List check.

Please note that Regulated activity continues to exclude any activity carried out in the course of family relationships, and personal, non-commercial relationships.

Why eSafeguarding? 

The eSafeguarding system is fast, safe, and secure. Enhanced disclosures can come back within 24 hours and 4 out of 5 applications are completed within 3 days.

If you want a straightforward and effective system to manage DBS checks for your childcare organisation then there is no better choice than eSafeguarding.

Our helpful and experienced team of countersignatories are always on hand to help and advise you and your applicants with all aspects of the DBS process.

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Any questions? Email the team or check out our FAQS!

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