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Safer Recruitment
Safer Recruitment
Safer Recruitment
Safer Recruitment

This course covers the legal requirement relevant to anybody involved in the recruitment of people who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

This Safer Recruitment training course considers statistics relating to safer recruitment, the background to the introduction of the more robust safer recruitment processes, and the precautions you can put in place to recruit safely.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • Complete in one to two hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • CPD certified training
  • Digital certificate on completion

Overview - Safer Recruitment

This Safer Recruitment course teaches key points to protecting children in care. The module considers statistics relating to safer recruitment, the background to the introduction of the more robust safer recruitment processes, which followed the Bichard Inquiry, which looked at the recruitment of Ian Huntley in the Soham case.

This course covers the legal requirement relevant to anybody involved in the recruitment of people who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Know the background behind safer recruitment
  • Recognise relevant legislation and guidance
  • Understand safer recruitment practice
  • Be able to assess and recruit suitable candidates

You will cover relevant legislation, including:

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

When you’ve completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your Virtual College certificate.

Lesson Plan

This module will provide staff with important knowledge on how to keep children safe.

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Introduction
    • Soham timeline
    • Recruitment – Pre-2004
    • Bichard Inquiry
    • Legislation ad guidance
  • Legislation and Guidance
    • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA 2006)
    • Clarifications to the SVGA 2006
    • SVGA 2006
    • SVGA 2006 Vetting and Barring Scheme – continuing arrangements
    • New vetting criminal records ad barring service
    • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (PoFA 2012)
    • SVGA 2006 and PoFA 2012 - relationship
  • Safer recruitment – from September 2012
    • The new criminal records and barring scheme (PoFA 2012)
    • A new definition of regulated activity
    • Repeal of ‘controlled activity’
    • Repeal of registration and continuous monitoring
    • Repeal of additional information
    • Minimum age for DBS checks
    • More rigorous relevancy test
    • Recruiters
  • Best practice for safer recruitment
    • Recruiters
    • Guidance notes
    • Job and person specifications
    • Equal opportunities policy
    • Application forms
    • Advertising for candidates
    • References
    • Checks before interview
    • Candidate shortlist
    • Interviewing the selected candidate
    • Conditional offer of employment
    • Induction, training and supervision of new staff


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with approximately 58 interactive screens with multiple components. You do not have to complete all the training in one session. Your progress will be recorded throughout.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for anybody involved in the recruitment of people who will work with children.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.

How long is the certificate valid for?

There is no set time for how long this certificate is valid for. It is generally recognised that certificates are renewed every three years.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: (9)

Safer Recruitment
5 months ago
Easy to use and understand, straightforward and very useful
– Jane McFarlane
Safer Recruitment
5 months ago
A good product - easy to use and complete
– Carol
Safer Recruitment
5 months ago
well presented, easily understood, coherent. The interim tests were helpful.
– Customer
Safer Recruitment
5 months ago
Easy to use system. Very good course content and enabled me to learn in my own time.
– Customer
Safer Recruitment
5 months ago
Lots of detail covered. Reading everything you think you're going to have to remember lots for the end of course assessment. I made lots of notes and took care to absorb all the info (obviously the most important thing to do) but a large percentage of the questions in the assessment were common sense and could have been passed by someone who hadn't bothered properly reading all the info. Not ideal when you're trying to sell a course which promotes high standards.
– Craig
Safer Recruitment
6 months ago
The virtual learning was fine. but the test asked a question on the NHS section, which I had been advised, by the system, to skip as I am not and NHS worker.
– Hayley KIng
Safer Recruitment
8 months ago
Clear and concise course content with useful revision questions after each chapter.
– Stephen Gudgeon
Safer Recruitment
one year ago
Very accessible and informative.
– Customer
Safer Recruitment
one year ago
The product was useful and relevant. I did feel that it was overly long for the nature of the requirement.
– Customer
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