School effectiveness

DBS checks for governors

From 18 March 2016, governors are now required to apply for an enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) check. The Government regulations specifically state:

  • By 1 September 2016, all maintained school governing bodies to apply for an enhanced criminal records certificate for any serving governor who does not have one; and
  • From 1 April 2016, all newly appointed/elected governors or associate members will ideally need to be checked as part of the recruitment process, or at the latest have applied for a check within 21 days of appointment (start of term of office).

(The new School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016)

Key points

  • All current governors must have a DBS check otherwise they are disqualified from being a governor
  • All newly appointed/elected governors or associate members will need to be checked as part of the recruitment process. Checks must be completed within 21 days of appointment or election
  • Remember also, to record in your single central record.

Academies and free schools

Although the new legislation is for maintained schools, academy and free school governors must have a DBS check also. The chair’s check has to be done via the DfE – for more details see page three of DBS guide for academies (GOV.UK website).

Regulated activity

As school governors are not engaged in what is referred to as regulated activity with children, in their role as a governor, they do not need the enhanced DBS check to include a check of the children barred list.

If any school have a governor who they feel is engaged in regulated activity, then please make this known when the application is made.

Further information and contact

See related content for more detailed information or contact:

Ealing DBS unit
Tel: 020 8825 9000 option 3, option 1 (recruitment and CRB)
Email: dbs@ealing.gov.uk or CRBUnit@ealing.gov.uk

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Last updated: 10 Oct 2017