Safer Recruitment Training Course Online

This Safer Recruitment online training course is designed for those who are responsible for hiring people who work with children. Safer recruitment training online will teach you what is meant by safer recruitment and the practices involved, which legislation underpins safer recruitment, as well as cases where safer recruitment practices could have prevented abuse, how to assess the suitability of candidates, the 6 NHS employment check standards and their process.

This course was reviewed and updated on 24th May 2023

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 5 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Safer recruitment is designed to help those who are responsible for hiring anyone who works with children, to identify and deter or reject individuals who are deemed to be at risk of abusing children. 

It’s crucial that all employers have a recruitment policy in place that takes into account safer recruitment best practices and considerations. This course covers key topics including: advertising, application forms, selecting candidates for interview based on the information they have presented, and post-interview checks before making an offer of employment.

This Safer Recruitment course has been updated to be compliant with new Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 legislation and how this applies in the workplace or when working with children and young people.

Recruitment of staff is now a complex process and there are many issues that need to be considered to ensure safe and successful recruitment, to reduce in turn the risk of harm, abuse and neglect of adults and children.  

What's covered in this Safer Recruitment course?

Our online Safer Recruitment training course is broken down into the following sections and can be completed at your own pace, the course includes:

ModuleWhat it includes
IntroductionAn introduction to the course structure, learning outcomes and who the course is for.
What is the Safer Recruitment Framework?This module will enable you to recognise legislation and other practices associated with safer recruitment, allowing you to make safer recruitment decisions. You will be able to identify legislation that underpins safer recruitment and understand the guidance that leads to safer recruitment procedures.
What is Safer Recruitment?This section outlines what safer recruitment is and why it's so important to get right. Following this section, you'll understand safer recruitment and the practices involved and explain how it supports effective safeguarding practice. 
Safer Recruitment: Best PracticeWe provide essential knowledge on how to implement safer recruitment practices. You'll be able to assess the suitability of a candidate and outline the treatment of ex-offenders when working with individuals at risk. We also go through communicating with candidates, applications and references.

NHS Safer Recruitment

This module take you through the NHS process verifying that a candidate meets the preconditions of the role they are applying for. We explain what pre-employment checks are and who they apply to, as well as identify cases where safer recruitment process could have prevented, or limited, the abuse of patients.

This course includes case examples, and challenges to help professionals check their knowledge and apply it into everyday working life. This course is suitable for people working in roles in HR and those involved in recruitment of staff.  

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.

Our Safer Recruitment Training online course is applicable to the following places of work:

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

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, 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.

It is recommended that those who work with children on a regular basis complete either Level 2 Safeguarding Children or Level 3 Safeguarding Children training.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

You will learn

  • Outline what is meant by safer recruitment and the practices involved
  • Explain how safer recruitment supports effective safeguarding practice, define pre-employment checks (PEC) and who they apply to
  • Identify legislation that underpins safer recruitment, and cases where a safe recruitment process could have prevented abuse
  • Understand how to assess the suitability of candidates
  • Outline the treatment of ex-offenders when working with individuals at risk
  • Know the six NHS employment check standards and their processes
  • Understand the guidance the leads to safer recruitment procedures

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Council Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Nursery Staff
  • Volunteers
  • Head Teachers
  • HR Staff
  • Governing Bodies
  • Governors
  • Full Time Staff
  • Agency Workers
  • Part Time Staff

Safer Recruitment FAQs

  • What is safer recruitment training?

    Safer Recruitment training covers areas like shortlisting potential candidates for interviews, DBS checks, dealing with any concerns raised during the vetting process, risk assessment and how to manage allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

  • How often should you do safer recruitment training?

    While there isn’t a set expiry date for a safer recruitment certificate, the general rule is that they should be renewed at least every three years.

    Keeping Children Safe in Education advises that safeguarding training should be conducted at least annually. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is recommended to refresh their own training every two years, as are any deputies.

  • Who should do safer recruitment training?

    Our Safer Recruitment training course has been made for those who are responsibile for hiring people who work with children, this includes:

    • Academy trusts
    • Agency staff
    • Full time workers
    • Governing bodies
    • Governors
    • Head teachers
    • Human resources staff
    • Part time workers
    • Teacher assistant
    • Teachers
    • Voluntary staff
  • What are the principles of safer recruitment?

    The main principles of safer recruitment are to take all steps necessary to prevent people who might harm children or vulnerable adults from taking up positions where they could do so and to follow all of the latest guidelines and best practices to keep the recruitment process safe, fair and consistent.

    Find out more about the principles of safer recruitment here.

How the online courses work

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  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. 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 have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College which will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable, the learner's name, the title of the course and the date of completion.

    If you have purchased the posted certificate option, available on selected courses, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out the following working week after completion.