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Safer Recruitment Course - 1 Day
(Department for Education Accredited Trainer)

One-Day Course (9:30am to 4:00pm)
£425 (inc VAT)

Safer Recruitment course objectives...

  • Identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
  • Help participants begin to review their own and their organisations’ policies and practices in recruitment with a view to making them safer
  • NB this is not a comprehensive workshop on staff recruitment and selection

Dates and Venue (1-Day)

16th Nov 2017
8th Mar 2018
10th May 2018

LONDON - Woodford Green
LONDON - Woodford Green
LONDON - Woodford Green

Who is this course for?

This Safer Recruitment course is for those who are involved in the recruitment process, whether in a school or any organisation including managers, interview panels, head teachers, deputies, governors, senior teams, bursars and everyone who is involved in the process. This course will help you to recruit safely and is accredited by the Department for Education.

Course Outline

Introduction and background

The wider context

  • Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda.
  • The Bichard Inquiry Report.
  • Legal duties on Schools and a wide range of statutory organisations to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Adopting “safer recruitment” practice is an essential feature of the arrangements organisations need to have in place
  • The Bichard Inquiry

Safer recruitment process - Framework for the session

  • What does a safer recruitment process look like?
  • Features of a safer recruitment process
  • Defining the role
  • Advertising: Sending the right message
  • Application forms / CVs
  • Key information
  • Criminal background: Self-disclosures
  • Agreeing selection criteria and process
  • Reviewing applications and short listing
  • Reviewing references
  • Decision making

Making the right decisions

  • Safer selection
  • Selecting the right people
  • Areas of potential concern
  • Interview questions
  • Interview question template
  • Pre-appointment checks
  • Criminal record disclosures
  • Portability of DBS Disclosures
  • Relevance of criminal records
  • Barred persons
  • Protection of Freedoms Act – further changes
  • Summary of key points
  • Stages of recruitment

Applying the model to the stages of recruitment

  • An Ongoing Culture of Vigilance
  • Features of a safer culture
  • Audio presentations
  • Creating an open culture
  • Dealing with allegations against staff and volunteers in schools
  • Structure for managing allegations against people who work with children (Working Together to Safeguard Children – HM Gov't 2006)þ
  • Remaining vigilant
  • Next steps

Questions and answers session

Department for Education accredited trainers, registered with the Safer Recruitment Consortium.

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