Imperial Nannies offers the most comprehensive screening of nannies you will find in the entire industry.
Criminal Records Bureau
We ask all our nannies to apply for an enhanced disclosure
through the Criminal Records Bureau when looking to
register with us.
The Criminal Records Bureau ("CRB") is an
Executive Agency of the Home Office. It was set up by
the government to allow wider access to information
as regards an individuals criminal convictions and other
officially held records. It was set up to help employers
and organisations make more informed decisions regarding
the people they recruit. One of its prime purposes is
to protect what are termed vulnerable children.
The process of undertaking checks through CRB is called
Disclosure and there are three levels of access to officially
held records: Enhanced, Standard and Basic. It is however
Enhanced Disclosure that is the most appropriate to
the employment of a nanny.
This is the highest level of access to information
and, in addition to providing details of a persons
criminal record, it also includes a check on local police
records as well as information that is held by the Department
of Health and Department of Education and Skills.
By virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
(Exceptions) Order 1975, a person whose normal duties
include caring for, training, supervising or being in
sole charge of children (child) is entitled to be asked
to apply for Enhanced Disclosure. Nanny Agencies and
parents employing a nanny can therefore ask a prospective
candidate to apply to be checked.
In the event that a prospective nanny declines to apply
for Disclosure an employer is entitled to withdraw any
offer of employment that may have been made. Current
employees can also be asked to apply for Disclosure
but if they refuse, consideration would need to be given
to any contract of employment that may exist. It may
also be necessary to take legal advice.
At this time CRB only provide access to records relating
to the United Kingdom.
Process of applying for Disclosure
In order to apply for Enhanced Disclosure application
has to be made through a Registered Body. Effectively
such a Body has a responsibility to check the identity
of the person making the application and also to ensure
that the category of employment is one that is entitled
to apply for Disclosure.
There are two types of Registered Body: a Closed Registered
Body and an Umbrella Registered Body.
A Closed Registered Body is one that has been set up
to undertake checks of its own staff e.g. Health Authority.
An Umbrella Registered Body is one that can undertake
Disclosure checks on behalf of others. Normally a small
charge is made to undertake the processing of a Disclosure
When a check has been carried out by CRB a copy of
the Disclosure certificate will be sent to the applicant
(employee or prospective employee). A copy will also
be provided to the Registered Body. In the case of an
Umbrella Registered Body they will provide their copy
to the employer.
In order to make use of the CRB Disclosure service
all employers must adhere to the Codes of Practice that
CRB have laid down. These include policies on the secure
storage, handling, use and retention of Disclosure information
as well as the possible recruitment of ex- offenders.
Full details of CRB and the Disclosure service can
be found on the Internet at www.crb.gov.uk
or you can telephone the CRB Information Line on 0870
90 90 811.