QuickRead: DBS checks for governors and trustees
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Governors, trustees and local governors need an enhanced DBS check
This must include a barred list check if an individual is in 'regulated activity' – for a full definition, see Annex E (pages 171 to 173) of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2022.
Clerks and associate members may need to have an enhanced DBS check, depending on location, committee membership and school type. See the above articles for more detail. If they are in regulated activity then they must have an enhanced DBS check with a barred list check.
You won't apply for a DBS check yourself – your governing board or school administrator will likely apply for it, depending on your school's arrangements.
They must complete a suitability check with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) They don't need to