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Safer Recruitment Training (Children)

Southwark Schools Human Resources is committed to supporting schools meet the safeguarding requirements to keep children safe in education. 

In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education, which is updated on an annual basis, schools and colleges must create a safe culture.  As part of that safe culture, there should be recruitment procedures in place that help deter, reject or identify people who might harm children.  At least one person on every panel must have completed Safer Recruitment Training.

Southwark Schools Human Resources is running Safer Recruitment training accredited by The Safer Recruitment Consortium and deliver this to schools, to ensure schools can meet their obligation to keep children safe in education. 

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Who is this training for:

Anyone who will be involved in recruitment and has not had any training.

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

Focus of the training:

Session 1 looks at how safer recruitment fits with the wider context of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, the scale of abuse, a model of offender behaviour, some of the recurring themes in high profile professional abuse cases and how child sex abusers typically operate within organisations, and relate that to recruitment.

Session 2 illustrates 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.

Session 3 considers the importance of making the right decisions and using structured interviews to help do that, as well as pre-employment checks on the candidate selected for appointment.

Session 4 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.

We offer the courses virtually and in-person. The virtual sessions run over two half-days (attendance on both days is required). The in-person sessions run over one full day.

Training calendar:

To book:

Children Safer Recruitment Training

27/04/2023 9am - 4pm In person
22/06/2023 9am - 4pm In person
23/09/2023 9am - 4pm In person
01/12/2023 9am - 4pm In person
25/01/2023 & 26/01/2023 10am - 2pm Virtual 
10/05/2023 & 11/05/2023 10am - 2pm Virtual