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Applying for DBS checks
Learn about the application process for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, including how chairs in academy trusts can get enhanced DBS checks countersigned by the secretary of state.
DBS and other required checks for trustees, members and local governors
Be clear on what checks need to be carried out on members, trustees and local governors when they join your academy trust.
DBS checks: do I need a new one?
DBS checks do not expire – it's for the school employer to decide if you need a new check. Find out when you might be asked for a new one, and how the DBS update service can help you keep your certificate up to date.
DBS checks for governors and trustees
Save time by reading our summary of the rules on DBS checks for governors in just one page. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
DBS checks: requirements for governors (maintained)
Learn more about the different types of checks required for governors in maintained schools and how to apply for them. We'll also tell you which checks are required for associate members and what to do if you miss an application deadline.
DBS checks: school staff
Download our summary table to learn which staff members need to have a criminal records check, and what checks staff need when they've lived overseas.
Section 128 checks
Make sure you know who should have a section 128 check under the latest safeguarding guidance and how to carry one out. Understand what the check looks for and why it's important.
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