Safer Recruitment Training

Safer recruitment training is a statutory requirement for schools and education settings. The training was developed as a direct result of recommendations from the Bichard public Inquiry, which was commissioned to investigate the short fallings which contributed to the Soham murders. Two key recommendations came from the Inquiry. Firstly the requirement for Head teachers and school governors to receive training on how to ensure that interviews to appoint staff reflect the importance of safeguarding children. Secondly is for at least one person on every interview panel recruiting staff to have been Safer recruitment trained.

Seminar with woman leading Safer Recruitment Training

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility

Keeping Children Safe in Education states that education staff must have undertaken Safer recruitment training in order to recruit staff. Additionally Section 11 of The Children’s Act 2004, sets out the arrangements for the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children which applies to all key local bodies named under section 11(1) of the Act. One of the key features of these arrangements is ensuring safe recruitment procedures are in place.

Organisations should have a policy statement outlining their commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and Adults at Risk, which it is expected ALL staff and volunteers will follow. It should convey that robust recruitment and selection procedures are in place to identify and deter people who might abuse children or are otherwise unsuitable for employment and to minimise the possibility of children and young people suffering harm from those in a position of trust.

Safer recruitment training and the principles are central to ensuring the safeguarding of children and young people. All organisations which employ staff or volunteers to work with children and young people have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare. This includes ensuring that the organisation adopts safe recruitment and selection procedures which prevent unsuitable persons from gaining access to children.

Safer Recruitment training covers:

  • Planning to recruit
  • The application stage
  • Shortlisting, selecting the right people
  • Pre-interview checks
  • Planning & preparation for the interview
  • Carrying out statutory pre-appointment checks – right to work, online, identity, DBS
  • Responding to concerns identified through the recruitment process and checks, then assessing risk
  • Updating and maintaining the single central record
  • And how to maintain a safer working environment

Through the training participants will gain the skills they need to ensure that safeguarding is at the heart of their recruitment decisions. By the end the course, participants will have:

  • Identified key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Considered policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
  • Begun to review their own organisation’s policies and practices with a view to making them safe

Our Safer recruitment courses are suitable for a range of sector including:

  • Schools, Academies and education settings
  • Voluntary sector
    Community groups
  • Faith organisations
    Social care
  • Health Sector
  • Settings for Vulnerable adults
  • Young people’s offending & probation services
  • Children’s leisure and entertainment
  • Services for children with disabilities and special educational needs
  • Youth support organisations
  • Commercial organisations and small businesses
  • Social
  • Community groups

Contact us for further information.