Safer recruitment training became a statutory requirement for Head teachers and at least one member of every appointment panel in schools in response to the Bichard Inquiry (Soham). Originally overseen by the NCSL (National College of School Leadership) and then CWDC (Children's Workforce Development Council) the content was prescribed and the course could only be delivered by trainers that had undertaken specific training to be 'accredited' by the Secretary of State for Education. The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has been involved in the design and delivery of accredited Safer Recruitment training - both online and face-to-face - throughout these years.
The Secretary of State indicated in 2013 an intention to redact the legislation requiring Safer Recruitment trainers and training content to be approved. However, Keeping children safe in education (DfE 2016) makes clear that at least one member of every appointment panel must undertake 'proper' safe recruitment training. In addition, the DfE recognised that the existing training - whilst somewhat out of date in some areas - was highly valued by local authorities, LSCBs and school & college staff alike. Consequently, professionals from a range of backgrounds were brought together to update the training and ensure its continuing relevance and availability. From this group, a consortium was formed - NSPCC, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, NASS and CAPE
Since September 1st 2014, existing accredited face-to-face trainers have been able to register with LFF and, subject to some quality assurance checks, access the updated materials. Going forward, the consortium plans to develop a Safer Recruitment package for the wider children's workforce and another for those working with adults at risk. In addition, the consortium recently reviewed the national 'safe working practice' guidance (previously DCSF 2009) to reflect new and emerging professional conduct issues.