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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

Safer Recruitment Course Overview

Having a greater understanding of safer recruitment best practices are crucial for anyone who work in an environment where children and young people or vulnerable adults are present. It is very important that extra care is taken to ensure people are safe to work in such environment when recruiting or managing new members of staff. Safer recruitment is design for the safeguarding children and young people - also ensure that the staff follow a clear code of conduct and mitigate inappropriate behaviours in new staff members.

This course covers the recruitment process and legal requirement, relevant to anybody involved in the recruitment of people who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Once you completed the course, you will be able to fulfil your legal duty-of-care in key areas of the law (legislation and regulation) and any inspection requirements. This also covers all types of new hires (workers) such as full time, part time, voluntary, agency staff and coaches.

You will acquire the following knowledge upon completion of this course:

  • Know the background behind safer recruitment
  • Recognise relevant legislation and guidance
  • Understand safer recruitment best practices
  • Be able to assess and recruit suitable candidates
  • Provide solid evidence of your training
  • Effective vetting of applicants and volunteers

You will also cover relevant legislation, including Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

Who is it for?

  • Academy trusts
  • Agency staff
  • Full time workers
  • Governing bodies
  • Governors
  • Head teachers
  • Human resources staff
  • Part time workers
  • Teacher assistant
  • Teachers
  • Voluntary staff

Applicable to the following place of work:

  • Academies
  • Care homes
  • Children’s homes
  • Free schools
  • Higher education establishments
  • Hospitals
  • Independent schools
  • Law firms
  • Nurseries
  • Primary schools
  • Pupil referral units
  • Secondary schools
  • SEN schools
  • Sports clubs

Complying with Safer Recruitment legislation

Education providers must also ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, recommendations and guidance including the statutory guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE), Keeping Children Safe in Education - May 2016 (KCSIE), the Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales 2016 (the Prevent Duty Guidance), and any guidance or code of practice published by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Bichard Inquiry - Ian Huntley

There have been numerous events in the last two decades which have had an impact on the recruitment processes, bringing about a stronger emphasise on the importance of safeguarding children and vulnerable people and new safer recruitment legislation and guidance.

The initial one was the 2002 murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells by Ian Huntley, who was a school caretaker. This resulted in the Bichard Inquiry, which was to look specifically into the child protection procedures in the Humberside Police and Cambridgeshire Constabulary (where the murders took place) and report on matters of local and national relevance. It resulted in a number of key recommendations that had an impact on the recruitment processes for roles which require work with children or vulnerable people. Our course outlines these events, providing context to these important changes.

Test and certificate

At the end of the course there will be a multiple-choice quiz testing your knowledge of the topic. Following the successful completion of the course you will receive a digital certificate, which you can download or print. We recommend that you keep these for your records.


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


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, young people or vulnerable adults.

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: (13)

Safer Recruitment
18 days ago
Really good course covering all aspects of safer recruitment. Being able to do this course in the work place was great. You are able to do part of the course, break if need be, and return to it later which was a huge benefit.
– Kim Rutter-Moye
Safer Recruitment
one month ago
Easy to do
– Customer
Safer Recruitment
one month ago
– Customer
Safer Recruitment
one month ago
very well organised and informative course. I would like some kind of progress bar so I could see how far along the course I was.
– emma cavanagh
Safer Recruitment
9 months ago
Easy to use and understand, straightforward and very useful
– Jane McFarlane
Safer Recruitment
9 months ago
A good product - easy to use and complete
– Carol
Safer Recruitment
9 months ago
well presented, easily understood, coherent. The interim tests were helpful.
– Customer
Safer Recruitment
9 months ago
Easy to use system. Very good course content and enabled me to learn in my own time.
– Customer
Safer Recruitment
10 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
10 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
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