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

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

Book this as an INSET for your school - Call 01992 787242

or take our Online Safer Recruitment Course 

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.

Booking Line 01992 787242
or email

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Graffham Consulting Ltd Client Testimonials

Royal Ballet School
'The trainer was brilliant, I learnt everything I needed to know. I found the day interesting, informative, and very enjoyable. The course surpassed my expectations, I learnt to be more aware and thorough, and to know my responsibilities. The course was definitely value for money.'

BBC Clubs

'The trainer was excellent, great communication, knowledge, and explained every detail. The sessions included a lot of useful explanations of issues and topics. The course very much met my expectations, very much value for money.'

Braeside School
'The trainer was excellent and I learnt good practical advice on how to proceed. The sessions were very useful and this Child Protection course will enable me to take up my role in September. The course was value for money.'

'The sessions were very good. The trainer was informative and there was a strong interaction with the students. The venue, refreshments and food were very good and the course was value for money.'

London Independent Hospital 
'The course more than met my expectations, to gain more understanding of the whole realm of child protection. I learnt loads. The sessions were very useful, the trainer was really good and I loved the interaction'

Glenarm College
'The trainer was excellent, I can't wait to do level 2. All the sessions were useful and I learnt more about Child Protection issues and how to deal with them. The course was value for money.'

Pavilion Nursery
'Excellent Trainer. I really did get a lot out of this.'

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