Safer Recruitment and Safer Working Practices

All organisations that provide services to children and young people, whether large or small, have a responsibility to have in place effective safe recruitment practices for individuals who work or volunteer with or on behalf of them.

This includes:
• Ensuring appropriate safeguarding statements when advertising positions and roles;
• Clear statements on the individuals and organisations responsibilities for safeguarding
• Disclosure and Barring Service checks as relevant to the role and supervision arrangements for volunteers
• Ensuring that at least one person on any recruitment panel has undertaken safer recruitment training*.
• A Single Central Record of adults working or volunteering with children that includes vetting and associated employment checks, including qualifications and right to work in the UK
• A clear policy and process for responding to safeguarding and child protection issues
• A clear policy and process for responding to allegations against adults working or volunteering with children
• A Whistleblowing policy
• A supervision policy and process for all staff and volunteers that reflects their role and responsibilities
• A programme of induction and training relevant to each role in relation to the safeguarding and protection of children
• A designated professional lead (or named professional) for safeguarding

Expectations for Reading Local Safeguarding Children Board members in relation to safer recruitment and organisational responsibilities regarding safeguarding are outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

All schools and colleges, including Independent and Academies are provided with specific guidance in relation to safer recruitment as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education, July 2015

In October 2015 updated guidance on safer working practices was published. This guidance provides clear but detailed and practical advice to support schools and colleges and their staff in their safeguarding responsibilities. It can also be adapted and utilised across all agencies who work with children and young people and reflected in codes of conduct, induction and training opportunities Oct 2015.pdf


Safer recruitment online training for Schools and colleges is provided by the NSPCC for a small fee and can be accessed by clicking on this link

All other appropriate staff across Reading can now access online Safer Recruitment e-learning training.   
To access the module please email with the following information:
• In the subject line use LSCBSAFER
• Your full name
• Your Team, Service and Organisation
• Contact email
Once your log in has been set up you will receive a confirmation email with details of how to access the module. This log in will be valid for 2 weeks from the date of receiving the email.

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