Welcome to the Safer Recruitment Consortium website 

Safer Recruitment Consortium

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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 
Safe working practice 2019 update 
We are very pleased that Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children & Families, has written the foreword for our new '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. 
We also have a basic training resource to support the introduction of 'safe working practice' in INSET / staff briefings with a short exercise

Supply agencies and safer recruitment
The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) have published guidance for schools on the sfaeguarding arrangements they should look for when selecting a supply agency - Putting Pupils First

Risk assessments for volunteers not in regulated activity

Since 2018, KCSiE says that schools should have a written risk assessment for all volunteers that are not in regulated activity. We are very grateful to two accredited Safer Recruitment providers for allowing us to share their (draft) model risk assessments:

Wardell Associates has produced an online RA and a print version

Leeds City Council education safeguarding team / CAPE - volunteer RA         

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 organisational arrangements, or have any comments about the training, please use our contact page (but don't tell us about the venue or soggy biscuits as these things are beyond our control!)   

News Sept 2019

The Consortium task group has updated all materials in line with KCSiE 2019, WT 2018, Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 (2018) and the new information sharing guidance. 

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!