Safer Recruitment Online Training Course

Duration 2 Hours

Last audited 7th July 2023

CPD Approved
Safer Recruitment
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  • 100% online training

  • Start when you like

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

  • Instant assessment and result

  • 1 learner per course

  • Train teams of all sizes

  • Bulk discounts starting at 10% off 10 courses

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

£31 +VAT

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Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

Safer recruitment practices are vital for all settings where children and young people are present. As someone with responsibility for hiring and/or supervising new staff members, it’s essential that you understand how to ensure these people are safe to work with children. The people that you recruit must share the same child protection attitudes and values as you do, and this begins with a thorough safer recruitment process. 

Throughout this Safer Recruitment course you’ll learn about how to create an effective applicant information pack, how to successfully interview candidates, and how to carry out pre-appointment checks (including DBS checks) before a candidate is appointed. 

100% online training

Access anywhere

Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023 Statutory Guidance

Developed by a qualified child protection professional

Accredited by CPD

Earn 2 CPD points on completion

What you'll learn

By the end of this course, learners will:

  • Understand the importance of having strict safer recruitment practices in place to safeguard children.
  • Know how to put together an effective applicant information pack, 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 successfully interview candidates.
  • Understand what is involved in the pre-appointment checks, including DBS checks.
  • Understand the importance of a thorough staff induction process, including safeguarding children training.

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Module 1: Introduction to Safer Recruitment

Why safer recruitment is important, children most at risk, case examples of Matthew Mowbray, Yat-Sen Chang and Ian Huntley, raising awareness and key guidance.

Module 2: Step 1: Create the Job Description and Application Pack

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

Module 3: Step 2: Shortlist Candidates, Contact Referees and Review Disclosures

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

Module 4: Step 3: Interview Shortlisted Candidates

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

Module 5: Step 4: Pre-Appointment and DBS Checks

Pre-appointment checks: eligibility to work in the UK, DBS checks, verifying qualifications, professional status and overseas checks, hiring through third parties and making a conditional offer.

Module 6: Step 5: The Induction Process and Maintaining a Safe Workplace

The induction process, code of conduct, monitoring and supervision, maintaining a safe workplace, dealing with allegations and low-level concerns.

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.

This course is suitable for anyone who has responsibility for hiring and/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. 

Safeguarding children and following the safer recruitment process is vital for all settings where children and young people are present, including activity centres, nurseries, sports clubs, private tutors, childminders, fostering agencies and support services. 

This course is suitable for all settings. If you work in an educational setting, such as a school or nursery, then you may prefer to choose the dedicated Safer Recruitment in Education course.

Written by experts

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Antonia Noble

Barrister and Safeguarding Specialist

Antonia Noble is a former criminal barrister with over 25 years of experience and a highly respected safeguarding specialist.

She has worked in a variety of roles with professionals and organisations including responsibilities for adult and child safeguarding as a cabinet member for Gloucestershire County Council. 

She has a vast range of safeguarding and child protection experience that includes roles and duties such as school governor, adult and child safeguarding responsibilities for Local Authorities and with the Criminal Cases Review Commission to review suspected miscarriages of justice.

Antonia has supported and worked with cabinet member issues, heads of children’s services, adult services, Vice Chancellors, police, and senior leaders in health. 

Fairness and justice are at the heart of every aspect of Antonia’s work and she continues to deliver training and support to safeguarding leaders, social workers and a variety of organisations.

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