Welcome to the Safer Recruitment Consortium website
COVID-19 The consortium is aware that schools still need safer recruitment training for key staff. We have adapted the materials for virtual / online delivery and written guidelines for all accredited trainers to ensure that the collaborative and interactive nature of the Safer Recruitment course is protected as much as possible. Contact your usual accredited trainer for more information.
A COVID addendum to the GSWP is here and should be read alongside the full guidance.
Many organisations are using remote interviewing, so we have made temporary amendments to the SR checklist - if you are accepting scanned documents for identity, right to work, etc., it is essential to see the originals as or before the person commences in post.
If you are recruiting staff, please see the Disclosure & Barring service website where they have set out the steps they are taking to ensure people who work with vulnerable groups are still appropriately vetted - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-how-dbs-is-supporting-the-fight-against-coronavirus
Who we are
The Safer Recruitment Consortium is a partnership between four organisations with the safety and wellbeing of
children at their heart:
Representatives of these organisations have been working together, in consultation with the DfE, since January 2014 to ensure that schools, FE colleges and other education providers have access to high quality, up to date Safer Recruitment training.
We have also been considering how to quality assure the training and maintain consistency of delivery as well as working hard to ensure that accredited Safer Recruitment trainers around the country are verified and able to access these new materials as quickly as possible.
Looking for training?
Safer Recruitment training
If you are an individual who would like to attend a face-to-face course in your area, your first call should be to your Local Authority or Multi-agency Partners (MAP) training coordinator. Many MAPs run regular Safer Recruitment courses or can provide contact details for their preferred providers. Alternatively, you may wish to contact LFF for details of accredited trainers in your area.
Schools, colleges and other organisations often benefit from booking in-house Safer Recruiitment whereby an accredited trainer comes to your own setting to deliver to your leadership team, HR colleagues, governors, etc. Again, your LA or MAP may provide this or LFF can provide you with a list of accredited trainers in your region.
Train the Trainer
LFF provides TtT courses centrally and for Local Authorities or MAPs who wish to develop a team of Safer Recruitment trainers in their own locality. Generally speaking, individuals wishing to become SR trainers will have relevant practical experience such as child protection, human resources, school governance, etc., or will be an experienced trainer/facilitator in a related field. See the Lucy Faithfull Foundation website for more information
Guidance for safer working practice
We are very pleased that Nadhim Zahawi MP (who was at the time Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children & Families and is now SoS for education) has written the foreword for our 'Guidance for safe working practice' for professionals working in education settings. The original guidance was developed by a DfES network in 2005, revised in 2009 and 2015. This 2019 update has been produced in consultation with representatives from CAPE, local authorities and a number of NASS schools. We hope that you will find this (non-statutory) guidance helpful when developing your staff behaviour policy / code of conduct.
April 2020 - COVID addendum
We have produced an addendum to the GSWP to help schools apply safe systems of work during the pandemic - see here
September 2021 - we are really pleased to see GSWP referenced a number of times in the Farrer & Co 'low level concerns' tool kit. The GSWP is currently being updated to reflect KCSIE 2021, particularly low level concerns reporting, and to incorporate the Covid addendum in the main body. We will upload here as soon as it has been approved by DfE.
Risk assessments for volunteers not in regulated activity
Risk assessments for volunteers not in regulated activity
KCSiE 2021 says that schools should have a written risk assessment for all volunteers, regardless of whether they are in regulated activity. We are very grateful to one of our accredited Safer Recruitment providers for allowing us to share their model risk assessments:
We like feedback!
The Safer Recruitment Consortium does not require approved trainers to evaluate courses, although many will choose to do so. However, we do like to hear from delegates and trainers, and use this feedback as part of our quality assurance process.
If you want to tell us about the impact the new Safer Recruitment training has had on your practice or have any comments about the training, please use our contact page (but don't tell us about the venue or biscuits as these things are beyond our control!)
The REC has produced very helpful guidance for schools on how to choose a supply agency that demonstrates secure safer recruitment practice Putting pupils first (2017)
Brexit and the EEA list
The DfE has confirmed that the list of individuals sanctioned in EEA countries will no longer be active once we leave the EU in January 2021. Schools should use other methods to try to verify whether new employees have been sanctioned in another country.
How to recognise a Safer Recruitment Consortium course ....
There will perhaps be many companies and organisations offering safer recruitment training now that the content does not have to be approved by the Secretary of State. If you would like to assure yourself that the SR training accessed by you or your colleagues is the most up-to-date available, and fully compliant with Keeping children safe in education, there are a number of things you can do:
- look for our consortium logo on the slides, workbook, certificate, etc
- ask the trainer to show you their Safer Recruitment Consortium 'approved trainer' certificate
- all consortium trainers have signed a code of conduct which includes certain standards - a minimum delivery time of 7 hours, for example
- if the material is up to date, there will be no references to CRBs, list 99 or other checks that no longer exist!