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Ofsted registration as a nanny, declaring BPD - has anyone experience with this?

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Kiara

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Ofsted registration as a nanny, declaring BPD - has anyone experience with this?

I have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and I am currently working as a nanny. The family I work for require me to be Ofsted registered so they can get child care vouchers. I've submitted the Ofsted application and had to do a health declaration form that needed to be completed by my GP or another specialist. I asked the psychologist I see to do the health declaration form for me. She wrote that I have a diagnosis of BPD but she doesn't have any concerns about me working in this role.
However Ofsted didn't accept her letter and have now written to my GP. My GP hardly knows me and I don't see her very often. She has said that Ofsted have asked her specifically for details about psychiatric admissions, self-harm and suicide attempts. Unfortunately all of these things have been quite recent (last attempt was June).
My GP says she has concerns about me doing the job as I also have a dissociative disorder. However my psychologist who knows me best doesn't share these concerns, but Ofsted are asking my GP to write a letter. I haven't seen yet what my GP has written, but she has said that she has written I self-harm, have attempted suicide and have serious mental health issues. Obviously that isn't going to look good for Ofsted.
I am really worried now as the family I work for don't know I have mental health problems. They have been great to work for and have been completely happy with my work. I'm qualified in childcare, have worked with children for over 20 years and have never had any difficulty before, or anyone question my ability to do the job, until this Ofsted application now.
My GP and psychologist both think that based on the GP report Ofsted will not register me and will refuse registration. Which feels like complete discrimination and very unfair.
I was wondering if there are others out there who have declared BPD to Ofsted and what the outcome has been? Has anyone managed to pass the registration process, or has anyone been refused registration?
I'm really worried about all of this as I don't want to lose my job which I love. My mental health does not impact upon my work, I'm really responsible, professional and protective of the child I look after and care for him well.
 
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Why o why did you say you had mental health problems at all? I never tell. Why did you tell them?
 
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It sounds like the health declaration had to be completed by her/his gp. In which case, they kinda had to disclose - it would have come up on the gp report.

I don't usually disclose when I apply for jobs, but the last one I got I had to. I knew they were going to get all my medical notes from my gp so I had no choice.
 
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That's out of order. I am horrified that would happen out of your control. It is private information made public. She may never work again. Very out of order. I have filled out a form which said have you ever seen a psychiatrist and I ticked no. I worked in an autism base (children).
 
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Hi, not sure where you are with all this now but I would get your psychologist who knows you best and doesn't have concerns about your ability to do your job well as a nanny, to make direct contact with your GP and talk to her about it. Then (if it's not too late) your GP could write stuff differently? Yeah, there are the cold facts of s/h, suicide attempts etc. but if followed by an opinion that this in no way has ever impinged on your ability to carry out your job to a high responsible degree, well.....that would be your best bet at this stage? I think. I'm no expert whatsoever. I wish you well, and especially that you can keep your job. xxx
 
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I think it's totally unfair. I am high functioning but I never have any issues at work with my BPD. I put on my mask in public and no one guesses I have issues. I don't disclose. If it doesn't affect the job then it's unfair to hold that against you.
 
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I wouldn;t disclose BPD either, a therapist once said to me, never say that on any applications or you may never work again. I know its wrong and it has such a bad stigma, but the words sank in.

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I do hope you can work this out
 
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That wasn;t helpful - I do hope you get passed, like others have said this is very unfair
xxxx
 
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Hi Kiara,

I started being a nanny near the end of my mental health treatment. My employers wanted me to be OFSTED registed. I disclosed my mental health problem and ended up having a 6 month fight with OFSTED, it actually may have been longer. I would strongly recommend pulling out of your application because you could be barred from working in all childcare areas if they decide you are unsuitable to register. I eventually pulled out because they said that they would not take into consideration my Psychiatrists opinion on the Psychologist I was seeing and they wanted me to see an independent psychiatrist. There is a massive amount of stigma towards BPD as I am sure you know and I feel that it is not a good idea to disclose because you cannot be sure if the psychiatrist you are seeing is fully informed about BPD. High functioning BPD is not the same as full blown BPD - in fact I am not even sure BPD actually exists and is probably better replaced with something like PTSD/CPTSD or Developmental trauma disorder. Please don't let people who use unstable diagnosis (things are always being taken out or put into the DSM or left out when there is overwhelming evidence to prove it - it is a subjective manual) determine whether you can work with children now or in the future. Furthermore, I would just come clean to your employers, I did, they asked questions and then decided I didn't seem BPD at all. I have since left nannying/childcare because of all the OFSTED registration/local authority checks (which uncover any mental health treatment) because the stigma makes me furious. I know of all people I am damn good with children due to my experiences - what gave me mental health problems also gave me knowledge of how you need to be emotionally with children and there broad development is always as the forefront of my mind. I hope you find some resolution with this. Please let me know how you got on.
 
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This is what I worry in schools - I work as a teacher, and I have depression and anxiety and I was sexually abused as a child. I always think, if they found out, they'd fucking blacklist me from teaching.

Hope your application goes well. Your diagnosis and experiences is not an indication of what you are like around children.
 
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