DBS checks: do I need a new one?

DBS checks don't expire – it's for the school or trust 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 current.

Last reviewed on 16 July 2024
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  1. All governors and trustees need a DBS check 
  2. Employers decide whether to accept existing DBS certificates
  3. Renewing your DBS check
  4. Using the DBS Update Service

All governors and trustees need a DBS check 

All governors in maintained schools, and trustees and local governors in academies, need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you're in regulated activity, you'll also need a barred list check.

Find out more about DBS check requirements and whether your role involves regulated activity in our articles for maintained schools and academies.

Employers decide whether to accept existing DBS certificates

If you're a new governor and have previously had a DBS check, it's up to the employer to decide whether to accept your existing DBS certificate or require you to get a new check. However, you must have a new check if your current one is:

DBS checks replaced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, however any CRB certificate continues to cover you until the

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