Early Years Settings


GBG is a leading criminal record check provider to Department for Education childcare settings.

DfE Criminal Record Check Update

Individuals and providers are required to pay the full cost of obtaining a criminal record check in order to be registered with Ofsted and to be employed in a registered childcare setting.


Benefits of our criminal records check service

Support: Skill, knowledge and experience in disseminating information revealed on a disclosure, supporting you through the sometimes difficult process of understanding the significance and relevance of disclosure information. A unique service offered by GBG – we’re only a phone call away.

Quality: We take the pain out of the process, progress chasing all Disclosures. We check Disclosure Certificate accuracy and managing the dispute and fingerprint processes on your behalf.

Speed: Our fast, reliable, comprehensive service allows you to minimise the time it takes to recruit.

Knowledge: We’re only a phone call away if you wish to discuss any aspect of the process. Personal support during set-up phase ensures you get the service that meets your needs.

Order a Pack

We strongly encourage you to transfer to the online service rather than the paper application. The online system is quick, easy (with less room for errors) and can be accessed from any device with internet access.

80% of disclosures are returned from the DBS in ten days or less. This allows you to place staff into settings more quickly whilst reducing administration time and cost.

Please complete the make an enquiry page in order to register for the online service. To order a pack for the paper service, please click here.


Download continuation sheet
Use this form for submitting your past addresses and additional names.

Download identity document (ID) form
Use this form to list valid forms of ID.

Download guidance notes for applicant
Guidance notes on how to correctly complete the new DBS application form.

Download guidance notes for employer
Guidance notes for the approved ID evidence checker.

Download policy: recruitment of ex-offenders
Policy for the recruitment of ex-offenders.

Download policy: storage and handling
Policy for the safe storage and disposal of disclosures and disclosure information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to sign a contract with GBG?

Organisations who wish to use GBG as their criminal record check provider must comply with the DBS Code of Practice. In signing our service contract you are agreeing to comply with this Code of Practice.

Will Ofsted continue to process disclosure certificates?

Ofsted will continue to process disclosures for the registered day care provider and day care managers only as part of the registration process.

How long does the process take?
The DBS aim to process 90% of all Enhanced Disclosures within 28 days.

Do I need a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure?
DfE have specified that all Disclosures are Enhanced.