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Withdrawal of Department for Education (DfE) Subsidy, July 2013

The Government subsidy in operation for Early Years providers through a number of Registered Bodies, which included Security Watchdog, part of Capita plc, in relation to Enhanced Criminal Records checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau) ceased from 1 July 2013.

Due to this announcement by the Government, it means any Enhanced Criminal Records check submitted to Security Watchdog from the 1 July 2013 will need to be paid for in full by the organisation (or applicant) requesting the check. To view the Government announcement in full, please click here. We have produced a Frequently Asked Questions document to accompany this announcement to help answer any questions you may have with this significant change.

We fully appreciate that the removal of this subsidy by the Government could potentially have a significant impact to your business and we have factored this into our charges by introducing a preferential rate for Enhanced checks for Ofsted registered providers. For you to take advantage of this offer please sign-up to our services immediately or from 1st July 2013 when the subsidy ends by contacting us by phone or e-mail. We have in excess of 7,500 early years providers currently registered to use our online system and we would be happy to discuss any aspect of the service with you.

Full information about the subsidy withdrawal is now on the DfE website by clicking here

Security Watchdog has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document to accompany this announcement to help answer any questions you may have with this significant change.

Further information

You can also find out more about Ofsted by visiting the Ofsted website.  
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