Welcome to the Ofsted DBS Application Portal
Please note you must read and complete Step One, Two and Three for your DBS application to be successful. If you fail to follow all three steps this will cause a delay in your DBS application being processed.
Who can use this site?
You have been directed to this site as you require a Disclosure & Barring Service (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.
If you are employed within a childcare setting, for example as a nursery worker, please speak to your employer as you cannot apply for your DBS check via this website. Validation within the online application system will identify incorrect applications. Incorrectly submitting an application may delay your employment within a registered setting.
This site is only for individuals applying for one of the following roles:
an individual who lives or works on domestic premises where childcare takes place, for example the partner of a childminder
a childminding assistant
a home-childcarer, also known as a nanny
the nominated person representing an organisation providing childcare
a registered individual (such as a 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 please refer to the relevant guides on Ofsted's website.
How to make a DBS application
If you are applying as part of an application to register a childcare provision with Ofsted, or to be linked to an already registered provider of childcare, you should have submitted an application form to Ofsted and be in possession of a unique 'Capita Organisation Reference'. The 'Capita Organisation Reference' can be found on your acknowledgement letter from Ofsted.
If you are applying for a DBS check in connection with a children's social care provision instructions can be found within your application pack received from Ofsted.
Instructions can also be found in the relevant Guides to Registration on Ofsted's website.
Please ensure you have read the role guidance and are clear which role you are applying for.
As part of the DBS application you will need to follow the steps shown on the left hand side.
Please note you must complete Step Two and Three for your DBS application to be successful. If you fail to follow all these steps this will cause a delay in your DBS application being processed.