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Safer Recruitment training

7th January 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Safer Recruitment Training

This course is suitable for staff in the role of designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and deputy designated safeguarding lead (DDSL) as well as members of management teams with recruitment responsibilities, including HR and Governors/Trustees. The training will enable you to meet statutory responsibilities referenced in Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children, and required by OFSTED.

This course is provided by an experienced consultant with a background in policing and experience delivering training to police and social workers working in the Child Abuse field, specialising in the interviewing of children and the assessment and investigative approach.



  • £185 members
  • £350 non-members.


Entry requirements:

  • Basic Child Protection Training.


Course details:

  • What is safer recruitment?
  • The recruitment process
    • advertising
    • interview and selection stages
    • self-disclosure form
    • the recruitment panel
    • job description and person specification
    • references
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Regulated activity and Disclosure and Barring Service checks
  • Single Central Register (SCR)
  • Risk assessments
  • Existing staff
  • Volunteers
  • Induction
  • Creating a safer culture
  • Reporting
  • Offending behaviour.


Course objectives:

  • developing safer recruitment policies and procedures for your organisation
  • preparing the recruitment process.
  • selecting the right people to interview
  • responding to concerns identified through background checks and assessing risk
  • responding to inappropriate behaviour and allegations of abuse
  • carrying out thorough background checks
  • how to complete international ‘police’ checks on potential candidates
  • how to use the UK police check system for UK candidates
  • have an awareness of ‘professional’ offending behaviour
  • identify useful interview questions and evaluate answers
  • what is needed in induction of new staff to prevent poor practices
  • keeping records of the recruitment process in line with the UK and international standards
  • create policies and procedures for ‘safe’ working practices with and around children
  • identify how and why organisations have failed and the consequences.
  • Understanding what ‘Keeping children safe in Education 2020’ states in relation to safer recruitment.


By the end of the course, participants will understand:

  • the guidance that leads to safer recruitment procedures
  • outline what is meant by safer recruitment and the practices involved
  • explain how safer recruitment supports effective safeguarding practice within their organisation
  • define pre-employment and employment checks
  • be able to identify legislation that underpins safer recruitment, with a focus on Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 (UK) and cases where a safe recruitment process could have prevented abuse
  • understand how to assess the suitability of a candidate and have an understanding around offending behaviour – in particular sex offending by professionals.


7th January 2021
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Virtual – Zoom
United Kingdom


The Safeguarding and Child Protection Association
+44 (0)207 798 1585
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