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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 5 sections

  1. 1 Laws, Policies and Procedures Surrounding Recruitment in Education
  2. 2 Pre-Employment Checks
  3. 3 Employees and Volunteers
  4. 4 Induction and Probation Period
  5. 5 The Safer Recruitment Process
Candidates for Teaching - Safer Recruitment in Education Training
Flags highlight the things that need to be considered when hiring as part of safer recruitment in education training

Schools and colleges have a legal responsibility to do whatever they can to stop dangerous people from gaining access to their students. This means thoroughly checking the backgrounds of all staff and making sure that any volunteers, contractors and visitors are also appropriately checked or supervised. In this section, we look at the background to safer recruitment, including the relevant laws and the policies and procedures that are needed in educational settings.

Diagram shows things that need to be checked during the pre-employment stage as part of safer recruitment training

This section is all about the checks that should be done to make sure a person is who they say they are, have the references and employment history they say they have and are not barred from working with children or prohibited from teaching. It includes Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks and using the Teaching Regulation Agency’s Employer Access service teacher status check.

Image showing the different levels of DBS checks that are required for the different levels of staff

When it comes to safeguarding and safer recruitment, it’s not just new staff that need to be considered. It's anyone new, and you may also have to consider people who are not new, but who's role is changing. Anyone on your premises who is potentially in contact with children has to be checked or supervised. This section considers anyone who may work in a school or college and the level of DBS check they require. It includes supply teachers, contractors and volunteers.

We teach you how to get the induction and probation period right as part of our safer recruitment in education training

The safer recruitment process doesn’t just stop when an applicant takes the job. It’s important to follow up with a rigorous induction and probationary period to check the right person has been appointed. This section also looks at creating and maintaining an entire culture of safety within an organisation and includes what to do if you have any concerns.

Image showing the different stages of The Safer Recruitment Process

Finally, this section brings everything together and provides a 14 step guide to the safer recruitment process. At each step it reminds you of the relevant safety points at that stage.

About this course

Whether you’re recruiting staff or volunteers for a school, college, sixth form college, sports club, pupil referral unit, in residential education, an activities centre, or a centre for vulnerable adults, this Safer Recruitment course will give you the tools you need to make sure you hire the right people.

There are approximately 50,000 people barred from working with children and vulnerable adults in the UK, and this number is growing every year. So, it’s absolutely crucial that you have a rigorous recruitment process, with a system of robust checks and safeguards in place.

This Safer Recruitment course covers everything you need to know from writing a job description, through to shortlisting, doing checks and references, interviewing, and using induction and probationary periods to make sure you’ve made the right choice.

Help keep children and vulnerable adults safe from potential abuse and meet your safeguarding obligations by making sure you know exactly who you’re hiring with our Safer Recruitment in Education Training.

Looking for a more generic safeguarding course? Take a look at our Safeguarding Children Training. We also provide a wider range of online safeguarding courses.

Keith Wickham, a presenter of Safer Recruitment in Education Training

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Keith Wickham

The importance of Safer Recruitment in Education Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Safer Recruitment certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Safer Recruitment in Education Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Safer Recruitment in Education Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Safer Recruitment Certificate

439 real user reviews

4.7 out of 5
Very Informative

I found this training very interesting and makes you realise how robust systems need to be to ensure children and vulnerable adults are kept safe. I like the use of different presenters as it keeps the viewer engaged.

brief, concise and layman level

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Very informative

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

A good overview of safer recruitment

I felt this covered all the essentials a hiring manager might need to know

safe recruitment in education

A good introduction into the safer recruitment process for schools

Answer to test question incorrect

Q - When should Reference be sought, before or after interview. I said after, and was marked incorrect but course content states Step 8 is Interview, Step 9 is reference

Another stop-start course

At some times can be hard to concentrate on the content as modules are quite short and disconnected. Made worse by the ever-changing cast of on screen presenters.

covers the important points

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Why is this training important?

Business benefits

While there is no direct legislation that corresponds to Safer Recruitment in Education, the Gov.uk website states that: 

It is vital that schools and colleges create a culture of safe recruitment and, as part of that, adopt recruitment procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children. Governing bodies and proprietors must act reasonably in making decisions about the suitability of the prospective employee based on checks and evidence including criminal record checks (DBS checks), barred list checks and prohibition checks together with references and interview information.

Gov.uk website

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