DBS and other required checks for governors and trustees
Find out what checks are required for governors, members and trustees, so you can make sure your school is compliant with the latest statutory safeguarding guidance.
Get a summary of the requirements
Download our summary of the requirements for pre-employment checks for academy members and trustees, chairs of trustees, and members of local governing boards.
Please note: We've updated this table to reflect the fact that academy members and trustees are required to have a check on their right to work in the UK by the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014.
Get more detail on the required checks below.
Who's responsible for the checks?
The trust and the chair – as outlined in paragraphs 321 to 325 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023.
However, in practice it's usually a trust or school administrator that applies for the checks, depending on your board's structure.
For local governing boards, the actual process of applying for checks is usually done by the school.
If the individual