Group C: Safer Recruitment

The Guildhall

Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 7HH

14 October 2019

09:15 – 16:30

Group C

Safer recruitment

Limited Spaces

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Course details:

Aim of the course

  • To enable participants to consider how they might ensure that services to children and their families provide a safe environment.


By the end of the training participants will have:

  • Identified the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Considered policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
  • Helped participants begin to review their own and their organisations’ policies and practices in recruitment with a view to making them safer
  • Identified the features of a safe environment for children.

The course is divided in 4 sessions. The framework for each session is as follows:

Session 1 –The scale of the problem and model of offending

  • Background and context.
  • The scale of abuse.
  • Some characteristics of abusers.
  • Model of offending behaviour.
  • Implications for recruitment and selection and creating a safer environment in organisations.

Session 2 –A safer recruitment process

  • Features of a safer recruitment process for Employees, Contractors/Agencies & Volunteers
  • Sending the right message
  • The application
  • The selection criteria
  • References
  • Review and next steps.

Session 3 –Making the right decision

  • Importance of making the right decision. 
  • The interview and the selection process.
  • Pre-appointment checks.
  • Using Criminal Records information.
  • Review and next steps.

Session 4 – An ongoing culture of vigilance

  • Safer Workforce Cycle.
  • Features of a safer culture.
  • Audio presentation.
  • Creating an open culture.
  • Dealing with allegations.
  • An ongoing culture of vigilance.
  • Next steps and other resources.


Facilitator: David Goosey, Change Agency