Safeguarding children - safer recruitment course

Experience over many years shows the importance of schools (as one of the organisations that provide services to children) incorporating measures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children, or are otherwise unsuited to work with them, in the school's recruitment and selection procedures and other human resources (HR) management processes. Making safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children an integral part of the HR management in schools is an essential part of creating safe environments for children.

Safer Recruitment is a key strand of the government's strategy Every Child Matters (ECM) and staying safe is one of the five outcomes for children that underpin the strategy. The latest edition of the government's guidance Working together to Safeguard Children (2006) states that "all agencies and individuals should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced."

Although the immediate impetus for this safer recruitment initiative comes from Sir Michael Bichard's report following the Soham case, which highlighted flaws and shortcomings in the recruitment process that allowed Ian Huntley to be employed as a caretaker at Soham Community School, the principles and measures this workshop recommends are not new.  

Important notes:

  1. Your headteacher and at least one member of each governing body must attend this training or complete the online training via the National College of School Leaders (NCSL) website
  2. OfSTED now check to make sure governing bodies have a trained member of staff and a serving governor (where appropriate) on all recruitment panels and that a safer recruitment policy is being implemented as it is an important aspect of a school's overall duty to safeguard children
  3. To successfully complete the course you must complete a short multiple choice test at the end of the day.

Following the course you will receive a certificate confirming your attendance and the percentage pass rate you gained for the course.

The course is being delivered by Salford City Council officers from the following teams:

  • Human Resources
  • Managing Allegations Safeguarding Unit
  • Safer Employment
  • Governor Services

The content is based on an understanding of offender behaviour to:

  • identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
  • help participants begin to review their own and their organisations policies and practices in recruitment with a view to making them safer

You can apply in the following ways:

Confirmation of booking

You will receive a confirmation of your booking approximately seven days before the course is due to take place. Please telephone us if you have not received anything within that time.

For further help please telephone the Governor Services Helpline on 0161 778 0265.

This page was last updated on 17 October 2011

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