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).

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: 04 Sep 2017