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What is Safer Recruitment?

schedule 17th July 2017 by Roger Moore in Virtual College

What is safer recruitment?

Education providers, social work teams and any other employers that hire people to work with children and young people need to have an understanding of the Safer Recruitment policy.

What is Safer Recruitment?

Safer Recruitment is designed to protect children's welfare at every point where they come into contact with professionals in a safeguarding role. The overall purpose of Safer Recruitment is to help identify and deter or reject individuals who are deemed to be at risk of abusing children.

This recruitment legislation enforces pre-employment checks for all prospective staff to seek out anyone who may not be suitable to work with children and vulnerable young people.

Every employer should already have a recruitment policy in place to ensure job applicants are considered equally and fairly, and are not discriminated against based on their race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, disability or age. Safer Recruitment takes this further.

Safer Recruitment pre-employment checks make sure that applicants' references have been cross-checked and that they have proof of identity. It also ensures that criminal convictions have been declared and that candidates have an up-to-date DBS certificate that they can provide evidence of at the interview stage.

How should Safer Recruitment be implemented?

Anyone who is involved in recruiting for roles involving working with children needs training on how to implement Safer Recruitment, and that's what our Safer Recruitment e-learning course is designed to do.

Hirers have a responsibility to measure each candidate's experience and merit against the job description and person specification, but also to collate and analyse information from and about them, such as their DBS certificate.

Safeguarding during recruitment is key to protecting the welfare of vulnerable individuals further down the line. Education providers are responsible for considering children's welfare at every stage of the staff or volunteer selection process, and for making sure their current staff are following the Safer Recruitment guidelines.

Complying with Safer Recruitment legislation

The Safer Recruitment legislation states that the recruitment and selection of staff should be conducted in a professional, timely and responsive manner, and in compliance with current employment legislation, as well as relevant safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance (including KCSIE 2016 and Prevent Duty Guidance).

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).

They are also legally required to meet their commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people by carrying out all necessary pre-employment checks.

The Virtual College Safer Recruitment training course provides more information about this important piece of legislation. Find out more about the course here.

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Author: Roger Moore

Roger graduated in economics from Warwick University and first had a career in teaching, progressing to head of business studies in a large comprehensive school. His long and varied marketing career included working for the world’s largest PR agency. He enjoys reading, swimming, country walking and watching and participating in racquet sports.

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