Course Cost:

Non Members: £195 (excluding VAT)

Members: £175.50 (excluding VAT)

Course Length: 1 Day

Venue address:
Heath House Conference Centre, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7BY

Course Date

01 January 2020

Course Time

08:30 to 16:45

Aimed at: The course is designed for headteachers, governors, and senior leaders with responsibility for recruiting and employing individuals who come into contact with children in schools and other childcare settings; it is also appropriate for Designated Senior Child Protection Officer/Lead, plus administrative staff who support the recruitment and HR function within the school or setting. Entry requirements: It is recommended that participants have Level 1 and 2, Child Protection Course details: This is an accredited Safer Recruitment course which provides participants with an understanding of safer recruitment within the wider context of safeguarding. The course looks at the prevalence of abuse; the profile of abusers; and the way in which abusers operate within organisations. It provides participants with a greater understanding of the features of a safer recruitment process. Session three focuses on how to make the right decisions and session four explores how to ensure an ongoing culture of vigilance.

Course Objectives

The course provides participants with an understanding of:

  • Safer recruitment and the wider context of safeguarding
  • Prevalence of abuse and profile of abusers
  • How abusers operate within organisations
  • Features of a safer recruitment process
  • Planning a safer recruitment process
  • Making the right decisions: interview and selection
  • Setting acceptable standards of behaviour
  • Maintaining an ongoing culture of vigilance
By the end of the course, participants will have:
  • Identified key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Considered policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
  • Begun to review their own organisation's policies and practices with a view to making them safe

Assessment requirements

This is an accredited course that consists of four modules which are completed throughout the day. Each participant is assessed, scored and where practical, certification is given at the end of the day.

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1: 8:30-10:30 Setting the context for safer recruitment

  • Background and context
  • The scale of abuse
  • Model of offending behaviour
  • Some characteristics of abusers
  • Implications for recruitment and selection and creating a safer environment for children
Session 2: 10:45-12:45 A safer recruitment process
  • Features of a safer recruitment process for : employees, contractors, agencies, volunteers
  • Sending the right message
  • The application form
  • The selection criteria
  • References
  • Review and next steps
Session 3: 1:15-3:15 Making the right decisions
  • Importance of making the right decision
  • The interview and the selection process
  • Pre-appointment checks
  • Using criminal disclosure information
  • Review and next steps
Session 4: 3:30-4:45 An ongoing culture of vigilance
  • Features of a safer culture
  • Audio presentation
  • Creating an open culture
  • Individual responsibilities for expressing concern
  • Dealing with allegations of professional abuse
  • Next steps and other resources

Tutor information and feedback

The tutor is an experienced and current frontline practitioner who specialises in providing safeguarding consultancy and accredited child protection training to child care organisations. Her background and experience are within social work management; managing teams of social workers who support schools with their vulnerable pupils, Local authority LADO, LSCB Trainer, Safer recruitment trainer and School Improvement advisor. She is passionate about ensuring schools and other organisations understand their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and safer recruitment and provide a preventative service (offer early help) to young people and their families.


Excellent delivery, superb balance of theory and practice.
Best safeguarding training I have ever accessed.
Will recommend this training to headteacher and designated lead.
Really good presenter, able to hold interest and share experiences. Allowed time for discussion/reflection which was useful.
Knowledge of trainer, always backing up theory with real examples
Real life examples.
Delivery of the course! And Tutor!
Up to date!
Trainers knowledge and passion for safeguarding procedures
Excellent delivery, superb balance of theory and practice.
Excellent delivery
It covered indepth the concepts of linking abuse in all its forms with the need for safer recruitment and offers resources to us in school
Alot of useful information that can be used in school to update procedures
Useful/essential information to implement in school
Legal requirements of recruitment. Practical activities
Pacey information well delivered
An enthusiastic and committed tutor, who really knows her stuff!
Practical resources and good discussion points.
Scenario and discussion
Good combination of practical advice and examples
Opportunities to discuss and ask questions
Real-life examples. Knowledge of tutor.
Very knowledgeable trainer
Interactive learning
Group activities, discussion
Excellent environment and catering/refreshments
Tutors knowledge and experience which she drip fed in throughout the day.
Facilitator was very knowledgeable.
Activities and time for group work.Facilities were Fab!!
Support/non threatening approach.
Supportive nature of trainer - excellent venue.
Knowledge and experience of trainer.
Very relevant and up to date
Clarity - organisation of themes.

In-School Training Information

In-School Training

This course is available as in-school training. If you would like to find out more about in-school training please go to the in-school training section   CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT IN SCHOOL TRAINING
  or call us on 01889 567 014

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