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Safer Recruitment Training (Adults)

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CategoryHuman Resourses

Target audienceHuman Resources

CPD points0

Total hours7

Type1 session/s

CodeSHR04 22/23


Safer Recruitment Training ADULTS

Southwark Schools Human Resources is committed to supporting social care colleagues to meet the safeguarding requirements to keep vulnerable adults in social care safe.

This course will help you to make sure that you employ the very best person and ensure that whilst making recruitment decisions, any adults at risk in your setting are safeguarded from harm. This is in line with the principles of the Care Act 2014 - borne out of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 - include that organisations providing social services, including housing providers, should have in place a number of arrangements as part of their duty to safeguard service users that includes putting into place a recruitment process that helps to deter, reject or identify people who might harm vulnerable adults.

Our Safer Recruitment Course is the nationally recognised Safer Recruitment Consortium training and is delivered by accredited trainers. It focuses on the “safeguarding ” aspects of recruitment, rather than general selection techniques.


Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is involved in the recruitment and has not had this training to ensure that safeguarding is embedded through out every stage of the recruitment process.

Anyone who has previously completed the training more than three years before.

Choose how you learn

We offer this training in-person in a dedicated learning space at the Tooley Street office from 9am to 4pm or virtually spread over two consecutive days from 10am – 2pm.


What will you learn?

  • To be more aware and gain an understanding of offender behaviour
  • Identify the key features of staff recruitment that help to deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Take into consideration policies and procedures that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting.
  • Explore the elements that contribute to an ongoing culture of vigilance
  • Be able to review your own and your organisations policies and practices with a view to making them safer 


Module 1

In this session we look at how safer recruitment fits within the wider context of safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of service users. We consider the scale of abuse, some aspects of the characteristics of abusers and the detail of how vulnerable people can be harmed within organisations, relating that to recruitment.

Module 2

This session looks at the importance of planning a recruitment exercise, sending the right messages to potential applicants, following a consistent and thorough process to obtain relevant information about each applicant and short-listing candidates for interview.

Module 3

In this session we look at the importance of making the right decisions because it is very important to make the right recruitment decisions so that those who are not suitable to work with vulnerable people, which may be because they do not have the skills or the right attitude, or at worst because their motives are concerning, do not get the opportunity to get access to those vulnerable people. The decisions we make at the recruitment stage are key to this.

Module 4

This session examines the need for ongoing awareness and vigilance and considers how organisations can develop and maintain an environment that deters and prevents abuse and challenges inappropriate behaviour.


  Virtual (two ½ days)

In person (1 day)

Schools buying into the core HR service



Schools not buying into the core HR service



Wed 10:00

Online meeting (Teams) , cameras and microphones enabled, interactive session , synchronous session, synchronous

Session 1: 14 June 2023 - >

Session 2: 15 June 2023 - >