Ofsted DBS Application Portal

Step One – Understanding the process

You should have received correspondence from Ofsted asking you to proceed with your Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) application. If you have not received any correspondence, do not proceed any further with eBulkPlus at Security Watchdog, part of Capita plc.

Please note you must read and complete all four steps for your DBS application to be successful. If you fail to follow all four steps, this will cause a delay in your DBS application and Ofsted registration.

Read and understand Ofsted's 'Guide to Registration' at guide-registration-childcare-register
Submit online DBS application and Identity Checking Form to Security Watchdog, part of Capita plc
Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) process the application and issue the completed DBS certificate
Register for the DBS Update Service at
Apply for Ofsted registration at OnlineOfsted/

Role Guidance

You have been directed to this site as you require a DBS check either as part of an application to register with Ofsted, or to be linked to an already registered provider of childcare or children's social care. This site is solely for individuals that Ofsted have a legal duty to carry out suitability checks on.

This site is only for individuals applying for one of the following roles:

  • a childminder
  • an individual who lives or works on domestic premises where childcare takes place, for example the partner of a childminder
  • an individual who lives and works on domestic premises where childcare takes place
  • a childminding assistant
  • a home-childcarer, also known as a nanny
  • the nominated person representing an organisation providing childcare
  • a registered individual (committee member, director or trustee) forming part of an organisation providing childcare
  • a sole proprietor of childcare or children's social care
  • a member of a partnership providing childcare or children's social care
  • the responsible individual representing an organisation providing children's social care
  • the registered manager of a social care provision, such as a children's home

If you require further guidance regarding the role or eligibility please click here.

How to make a DBS application

In order to apply for a DBS application, you must have a 'Capita Organisation Reference'. This will be one of the below:

  • "OfSTEDP" - for those applying for or linked to a new EY application for registration. This includes everyone that makes up the registered person; the nominated person and manager of a child care setting; any staff or persons caring for children; and any household members of those aged 16 years and over who are connected to a childminding application.
  • "OfSTEDA" - for those applying to be associated to a provision that is already registered. This includes changes to any of the above.

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Please now proceed to Step Two.

Step One

Understand each of the steps and actions required to make a DBS application.

Step Two

Online e-Bulk application completed and payment made.

Step Three

ID check and ICF or Post Office form completed and signed by Responsible Person.