Changes to the way Ofsted processes DBS (formerly CRB) checks

02 Jul 2013

From Monday 1 July 2013 the process for getting a DBS certificate (Disclosure and Barring Service – up until November 2012 these were called Criminal Records Bureau checks) through Ofsted has changed.

If you’re applying to register with Ofsted as an early years, childcare or social care provider, or as a registered manager of a children’s social care establishment or agency, you will notice these three changes.

  • All Ofsted’s DBS checks are now processed by Capita.
  • All DBS applications and payments must be made online, via Capita’s website. Ofsted can no longer accept paper applications for DBS checks and any received will be returned.
  • The government no longer pays for DBS checks for early years childcare. If you need a DBS certificate as part of your Ofsted application, you will cover the cost of approximately £50, including Capita’s handling fee.

You can find out how to apply and read some questions and answers on the changes, as well as making your application and payment through Capita’s website:

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