Safer Recruitment in Education FAQs & Resources

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Safer Recruitment in Education FAQs

What is a DBS check?

A DBS check has taken the place of what used to be the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check. It helps to prevent unsuitable people from working with or around vulnerable groups of people or children. There are over 4 million people each year that get DBS checks. 

Who needs a DBS check?

If there has ever been a safeguarding issue within your house or place of work and the people working with children or vulnerable people have not been DBS checked, an employer could be held legally liable. An employer can require you to have a DBS check if you work within certain industries, usually those who work with vulnerable people. This table lists the kind of professions and employment roles where you may need a check. Employers can only ask for these checks if it is legally required. 

How long does a DBS check last?

A DBS check does not have an expiry date. However, it is recommended that DBS checks are renewed every 3 years or more frequently if there has been a large gap in employment. 

Can you work with vulnerable people if you have a criminal record?

Having a criminal record does not bar someone from working with children or vulnerable adults. A criminal record will not hinder your opportunities to work in education, however, it will be up to the discretion of the employer whether or not they choose to hire you still. CBS The Screening House found that out of 277 social workers surveyed 4 had criminal records. 

How long is the probationary period for teachers?

For a newly qualified teacher (NQT), they typically have a probationary first year of teaching whereas support staff are more likely to have a 6 month period. However, this is subject to the employer's discretion. 

FAQs regarding our Safer Recruitment in Education course

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone who works with vulnerable groups or children. 

What approvals does this course have?

The course is CPD Accredited. 

How long is my certificate valid for?

It is up to the training administrator of the employee as to when training needs to be refreshed. However, to stay up-to-date with legislation, we recommend that training should be renewed every year.​

What devices can I get this course on?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and other tablets.

Documents and resources

  • Steps to Safer Recruitment - Safer Recruitment in Education

    Steps to Safer Recruitment. This shows the 14 steps to safer recruitment, right from the planning stage, through to the induction and probationary period. It includes: writing a job description, advertising the vacancy, checking the applications, interviewing the applicants, verifying documents, making the job offer and finally welcoming your new member of staff.

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