DBS checks: renewals

DBS checks don't routinely need to be renewed. Find out when you should ask staff and volunteers to have a new check.

Last reviewed on 27 June 2023
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  1. DBS checks don't expire
  2. Maintain a culture of vigilance 
  3. Don't overwrite original checks on the single central record

DBS checks don't expire

There's no statutory requirement to renew them as a matter of course, although you can choose to do so.

For existing staff members, you'll only need to ask for a new DBS check if:

This is set out in paragraphs 344 and 345 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).Existing volunteers involved in regulated activity who have already been DBS checked will only need to be re-checked if your school has any concerns. They will also need a new advanced DBS check, including barred list information, if they move into a new role that