Safer Recruitment Multi-Agency Training

Date & Time:

Tuesday 26 January 2021 (9.15 - 13.00)
Wednesday 27 January 2021 (9.15 - 13.00)

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Virtual, N/a


Experience over many years shows that it is important for organisations that provide services to children to incorporate into their recruitment and selection procedures measures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children, or who are otherwise unsuited to work with them. Making safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children an integral part of HR management in organisations that work with children or vulnerable people is essential in helping to create safe environments as a key element of the wider safeguarding duty.
This one day event will focus on promoting skills and confidence in applying best practice to the recruitment and selection of staff, how these principles can be applied to volunteers and the development of a culture of vigilance which highlights the role of staff as protectors.

The course is based on the accredited national training, initially developed for schools but adapted for all organisations working with children. The course has been updated to reflect recent changes in pre employment checks and is fully compliant with current Government Guidance including Working Together 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019. The course includes an optional assessment based on a multiple choice questionnaire (mandatory for school staff)
Target Audience: Managers, Safeguarding Leads, HR Leads, Trustees and others involved in the recruitment of staff

This workshop is facilitated by Helen Elliott, Independent Safeguarding Trainer and Tony Lampert, Human Resources Consultant. Both are approved trainers with the Safer Recruitment Consortium and bring complementary skills and experience in both safeguarding and human resources. The trainers’ professional background has included the provision of advice and consultation to children’s services, partner agencies and schools in relation to safeguarding matters and recruitment practice.

This event will cover:
•    Awareness and understanding of offender behaviour and how abuse can happen in an organisation
•    The key features of recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people;
•    What to look for in application forms;
•    Useful interview questions;
•    Pre employment checks, including recent updates  
•    Case studies;
•    Learning from review
•    Support to consider or review, your own organisation's policies and practices to minimise opportunities for abuse, promote prevention and ensure an ongoing culture of vigilance.

By the end of the course delegates will
•    Understand some of the ways in which offenders behave and operate
•    Identify key features of staff recruitment that maximise opportunity of appointing the most suitable person for the job and help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
•    Consider policies and practice that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting

•    To consider how offenders operate and the implications for recruitment and safer working practice
•    To identify the key features of recruitment and selection that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
•    To equip participants with the knowledge and skills to put in place safer recruitment processes
•    To explore policies and safer working practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
•    To help participants to be able to review their own and their organisations’ policies and practices with a view to making them safer

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Helen Elliott and Tony Lampert

Venue Details:

Virtual, N/a