Governors, headteachers and other school leaders are key to ensuring the school fulfils its responsibilities in respect of safeguarding children. These responsibilities include a requirement that the school operates Safer Recruitment procedures and that the relevant safe recruitment and safeguarding checks are carried out on staff and volunteers working or having contact with children.
From 1 January 2010 it became mandatory that any appointments of school staff should be made by a recruitment panel that includes at least one person who has been trained in Safer Recruitment. This course is based on the updated version of the national accredited training that has been developed by the Safer Recruitment Consortium which has taken over responsibility for the design of the training.
The course is fully compliant with the national guidance Â Keeping Children Safe in Education 2014 and includes an assessment that is a requirement for all school based participants. Ofsted and Estyn will request evidence as part of their inspections that recruitment panels meet this requirement.
The Safer Recruitment training is intended to help schools fulfil their responsibility to have in place safe recruitment and selection practice within the wider context of safeguarding children and to make safeguarding children central to all we do.
- Gain an awareness and understanding of offender behaviour
- Understand the key features of recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
- What to look for in application forms and useful interview questions
- Pre employment checks, including recent updates
- Support to consider or review, your own organisation’s, policies and practices to minimise opportunities for abuse, promote prevention and ensure an ongoing culture of vigilance
- Understand some of the ways in which offenders behave and operate
- Identify key features of staff recruitment that maximise opportunity of appointing the most suitable person for the job and help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
- Consider policies and practice that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting