Safer Recruitment Training

What is Safer Recruitment Training?

Safer Recruitment Training in Education is run by our MD and accredited trainer, Katy. Normally run as a face to face course, a virtual course has been released from the Safer Recruitment Consortium which divides the day in to 4 separate modules completed by live webinar. 

The course provides recruiting staff members or volunteers, in any educational sector, including primary, secondary and SEN schools, with the skills they need to find suitable applicants (teachers, teaching assistants, non-teachng staff, etc.) to work with children or vulnerable adults.

Who is Safer Recruitment Training for?

An essential course for anyone involved in the recruitment of school staff members including those who work voluntarily. Past attendees have included Business Managers, HR Managers and Directors, Headteachers, Executuve Principals, Deputy Headteachers and Office Managers - the list is endless.

As referenced in Keeping Children Safe in Education, it is required by law that one person on the school's interview panel must be safer recruitment trained.

What does the training cover?

Our Safer Recruitment Training will cover the following topics:

  • Safer recruitment in the wider context of safeguarding
  • Prevalence of abuse and profile of abusers
  • How abusers can operate within organisations
  • Features of a safer recruitment process
  • How to planning a safer recruitment process
  • Interview and selection; making the right decisions
  • Setting acceptable standards of behaviour
  • The importance of an ongoing culture of vigilance

The session is highly interactive and engaging with activies and real-life examples and case studies throughout including that of Ian Huntley.

Smile Education Safer Recruitment Training participants with their certificates

Safer Recruitment Training for Schools provides schools with the tools they need to recruit safely

Why should you do Safer Recruitment Training?

The Bichard Enquiry was clear on the importance of safer recruitment for all education settings, that's why all our consultants are safer recruitment trained.

This course will enable your school to adopt procedures which will help to deter, reject or identify people who may be a danger to children. Thus creating a culture of ongoing vigilance. Without proper training, you risk employing someone who is unsuitable and unintentionally put children at risk. Sadly these individuals can be highly devious therefore training is essential.

This course will give you the confidence to recruit without worry by offering practical ways you can improve your processes, procedures and mindset. The training which lasts for a day, takes you through the entire school recruitment process, from the initial consideration to the interviewing stage and the eventual hiring.

What you will learn from Safer Recruitment Training?
  • Be confident in identifying the key features of recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Understand how to promote a safer culture and recruiting process within your own school or academy and begin working on a plan to enable it
  • How to fully implement the safer recruitment process in your school or academy trust
  • The confidence to assess and recruit suitable candidates for your school or academy

Find out more about what you'll learn from training by reading our blog.

When can I do Safer Recruitment Training?

Courses will be run routinely throughout the year and are currently being hosted virtually due to COVID-19. On request we can also run private sessions which are ideal for training your whole school's senior leadership or recruitment team. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our Safer Recruitment Training, please get in touch.

Enquire about safer recruitment training days here

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