Safer Recruitment Training in Education Settings and the Wider Workforce
Organisations and individuals who work with children and young people, or are involved in providing services for them, have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare.
If you recruit staff and/or volunteers into the children and young people’s workforce, you should be trained in safer recruitment practices.
In particular, schools and education settings are becoming increasingly accountable for safeguarding children when recruiting and selecting staff. For maintained schools, it has also been mandatory since January 1, 2010 for any staff appointments to be made by a recruitment panel with at least member trained in safer recruitment.
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can offer a range of safer recruitment services:-
- One-day courses which give school staff recruiters the information and knowledge to recruit safely
- One-day courses for staff in the wider children's workforce who are involved in staff selection
- Two-day 'train the trainer' courses enabling participants to go on to deliver accredited safer recruitment training
- Provide details of accredited safer recruitment trainers near you
In all cases course content includes:
- Safer recruitment and the wider context of safeguarding
- Prevalence of abuse and profile of abusers
- How abusers operate within organisations
- Features of a safer recruitment process
- Planning a safer recruitment process
- Making the right decisions: interview and selection
- Setting acceptable standards of behaviour
- Maintaining an ongoing culture of vigilance
By the end of the courses, 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
Creating safer working environments
We can also provide advice and guidance on how to implement safer working practices, including reviewing child protection policies. Using our knowledge of abuse in the work place, we can help you create an environment that keeps children as safe as possible.
Contact us for more information
Telephone: 01527 591922 asking for the Training Coordinator
Online and other face-to-face training
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is working as part of a consortium with the NSPCC, which can offer online training, and CAPE. The content for the e-training course is similar to the face-to-face training, but uses a range of training methods such as teaching pages, film clips, audio recordings, reflective tasks, interactive learning activities and quizzes.