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Safer Recruitment FAQs

Find answers to the most common questions on Safer Recruitment below. Look through the topics below and select the question to reveal the answer.

Safer Recruitment Definitions FAQs

  • What are the key Safer recruitment principles?

    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.

  • What are the staff ratios in a nursery?

    Nursery ratios for two-year-olds are six children per adult and four children per adult for ones-and-under.

  • What does Safer recruitment mean?

    Safer recruitment means ensuring that the staff and volunteers who are hired to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults have been suitably checked to prevent any harm being done to the people in their care.

  • What are the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidelines?

    Keeping Children Safe in Education are the latest statutory guidelines for schools and colleges that offer advice for managing safeguarding.

  • What is Safer recruitment in health and social care?

    Safer recruitment guidelines also apply for those working in health and social care, aiming to not only ensure that safe and suitable people are recruited for working with vulnerable people in care, but also improving the levels of care provided.

  • 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.

Safer Recruitment Legislation FAQs

  • Do governors need a Section 128 check?

    The Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance advises that all new school governors should be subject to section 128 checks, with anyone failing disqualified from holding office as a governor.

  • Do you need a DBS to work with adults?

    The Disclosure and Barring Service carries out DBS checks to ascertain whether a person applying to work with vulnerable adults or children has a criminal conviction or caution.

  • Do you need a Safer recruitment policy in 2018?

    Any company that recruits staff or volunteers to work with vulnerable adults, young people or children needs to have a safer recruitment policy that’s in line with the statutory guidelines.

  • What is a regulated activity for DBS?

    Regulated Activity, as defined by the Disclosure and Barring Service, is any job function that requires the staff member or volunteer to have been the subject of a DBS check. Anyone who has failed that check would be barred from performing this activity.

  • What is a UK regulated role?

    A regulated role is any role that involves activities working with children or vulnerable adults that would require the staff member or volunteer to have undertaken a DBS check before performing that role.

  • Will you be working with adults in regulated activity?

    A regulated activity can be a role that involves working with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

Safer Recruitment Training FAQs

Safer Recruitment in Pre-Schools FAQs

  • What is the difference between nursery school and preschool?

    Preschool is optional for children from 2 years old and they can stay there until starting school. The alternative is nursery, which is normally attached to a school and is aimed at children in the last year before they begin school.

  • What qualifications do you need to be a preschool manager?

    To manage a preschool, you need a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification in childcare, for example a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce, foundation degree or HND in an early years related subject, or a degree in early years, childcare, child development or related subject.

  • What qualifications do you need to be a preschool manager?

    If you are the proprietor of a preschool you do not need a nationally recognised qualification in childcare.

  • Who can raise a safeguarding alert?

    A safeguarding alert is the notification of a concern, allegation or an incident of inappropriate behaviour, such as abuse or neglect, by anyone working with children, young people or vulnerable adults. Anyone can raise an alert, and they must be dealt with swiftly.

  • Why are childcare staff ratios important?

    It’s generally better to have lower staff-to-child ratios because each child can receive more attention from staff or volunteers and any potential needs are more easily identified and responded to.

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