DBS checks: requirements for governors (maintained)

Find out what checks are required for governors in maintained schools, so you can make sure your school is compliant.

on 22 July 2024
See updates
School types: MaintainedSchool phases: AllRef: 3973
  1. Checks required for all governors
  2. Anyone involved in 'regulated activity' also requires a barred list check
  3. Applying for a check
  4. Associate members don't require checks
  5. Clerks don't require checks

Checks required for all governors

Enhanced DBS check

If you're a governor in a maintained school, the school governance regulations require you to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This requirement is set out in paragraph 319 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2024

An enhanced DBS check will:

  • Look for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings
  • Ask local police for any additional information that is reasonably considered relevant to the role

You're disqualified from holding office as a governor if you refuse a request for a DBS check (schedule 4 of the school governance regulations). 

Section 128 check

You should also have a section 128 check. If someone has a section 128 direction issued against them, then they're banned from being involved in the management and governance of schools, and can't be a governor.

Anyone involved

The Key has taken great care in publishing this article. However, some of the article's content and information may come from or link to third party sources whose quality, relevance, accuracy, completeness, currency and reliability we do not guarantee. Accordingly, we will not be held liable for any use of or reliance placed on this article's content or the links or downloads it provides. This article may contain information sourced from public sector bodies and licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.