Safer Recruitment in Education Training

CPD Approved
Safer Recruitment in Education
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Adhering to strict safer recruitment processes is an essential component of safeguarding children. Safer recruitment helps to ensure that the people you hire to work in your educational setting are suitable for the role and match up with your expectations, attitudes, and values.

This Safer Recruitment in Education Course provides you with the knowledge to ensure procedures are in place to recruit people who share your commitment to safeguarding children. At the end of this course, you will understand what’s involved in the process from start to finish, looking at compiling recruitment documentation, preparing for and conducting interviews, carrying out pre-appointment checks, and then continuing safer recruitment practices after appointment.

This course was last audited on: 7th July 2023. It is updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023 Statutory Guidance.

  • Developed by a qualified child protection professional
  • Include relevant changes in Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) 2023 guidance
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Earn 2 CPD points on completion
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand why having strict safer recruitment practices in place is so important in regard to safeguarding children.
  • Know how to put together effective applicant documentation, including a job description and safeguarding statement.
  • Know what to look for when shortlisting candidates.
  • Understand how to contact referees and know what is needed from a reference.
  • Know how to put together a panel to conduct the interview and what training the panel members should have.
  • Know how to successfully interview candidates.
  • Understand what is involved in the pre-appointment checks, including DBS checks, before a candidate can start work.
  • Understand how to create a compliant Single Central Record.
  • Understand the importance of a thorough staff induction process and safeguarding children training.
  • Know how to practically deal with Allegation Management.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 2 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

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Course content

1Introduction to Safer Recruitment

The importance of safer recruitment, children most at risk, raising awareness including case examples of Matthew Mowbray, Kandice Barber, Jonathan Clayton, and Ian Huntley, and key guidance.

2Compiling Recruitment Documentation

Preparing to recruit, applicant information packs, job description, person specification, safeguarding statement, self-disclosure forms, selection process outline, application forms and references, and creating a successful job advert.

3Prior to Interview

Considering applications, online searches, contacting referees, reviewing self-disclosure forms, and preparing for the interview process.

4Interviewing Candidates

Before the interviews, conducting the interview, asking questions, question styles, listening actively, causes for concern, and closing the interview.

5Pre-Appointment Checks

Pre-appointment checks, eligibility to work in the UK, Section 128 orders, DBS checks, confirming information, remaining checks, the Single Central Record, hiring through third parties, and making a conditional offer.

6Continuing Safer Recruitment Practices After Appointment

The induction process, code of conduct, monitoring and supervision, maintaining a safe workplace, allegation management, low-level concerns and the case example of Vanessa George.

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The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for anyone who has responsibility for any part of the recruiting, mentoring, or supervising new staff members to work with children and young people. This applies whether you’re hiring full-time, part-time, or voluntary workers.

All professionals have a duty to keep children safe from harm and this begins with following correct safer recruitment procedures. Examples of people who may wish to take this course include:

  • Headteachers and Executive Headteachers.
  • Members of the school Senior Leadership Team.
  • School governors and trustees.
  • Middle leaders or heads of department.
  • Members of staff with a mentoring role.
  • HR staff.
  • Administration staff.

If you work with children in a non-educational setting, such as in a sports club or as a childminder, then our Safer Recruitment Training will be more appropriate for your training needs.

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For companies ordering 5 or more courses, you’ll also be given the option to pay by invoice.

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Course access

Once you’ve completed your purchase, look out for an email containing the details you’ll need to start your training. 

If you’ve purchased a single course, we’ll send you a unique course code. You can use this to add your training to an existing account, or create a brand new one. 

Purchased multiple courses for training your team? We’ll email you all the login details you need to distribute to your staff.

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If your delivery address is in the UK, we will send a hard copy of your certificate to your UK postal address once you’ve completed your course. Although we try to deliver your certificates as soon as possible, please allow 3-4 working days for delivery.

Don’t want to wait? You can instantly download your digital certificate as a PDF after course completion.

Additionally, please note that if your company is paying by invoice we can only issue certificates after your order has been fully paid.

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Continued support

Our friendly customer support team is happy to help at any stage of your training. Call us on 0333 006 7000 or contact, and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have. 

Additionally, have you seen our help page? It’s full of useful information to help guide you through your training experience.