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Sep 2023 The Safer Recruitment Consortium was pleased to be involved in the development of this Better Hiring toolkit for education settings and the supply chain published in Sep 2023 by the Better Hiring Institute in partnership with the Disclosure & Barring Service, Reed and Jobs Aware. The toolkit is hyperlinked in KCSIE 2023. 

Sep 2022 The Safer Recruitment Consortium has been working with the Better Hiring Institute, DfE and relevant sector representatives to identify robust procedures for verifying applicants' identities. BHI has produced the following documents which accredited trainers are free to share with delegates:

  Employer checklist for new appointments 

  Employer checklist for existing employees who change their name 

  Guidance note

July  2022 - Online searches The consortium has produced a briefing for accredited trainers on the new requirement to consider undertaking an online search on shortlisted candidates. This has been produced in consultation with the DfE. The Local Government Association has also produced a guide for Local Authorities  

Feb 2022 The GSWP has been updated and published. You can find the guidance and a short slideshow on the home page. 

COVID-19 17th April 2020 - The consortium is aware that schools still want and need safer recruitment training for key staff. We have adapted the education materials for virtual / online delivery and produced guidelines for all accredited trainers to ensure that the collaborative and interactive nature of the Safer Recruitment course is protected as much as possible. Trainers should have received their new password today (17th April 2020).  

Trainers previously accredited by NCSL, CWDC or the Lucy Faithfull Foundation can still access these by registering with LFF - contact by email at Once you have completed a registration form and submitted this along with a copy of your T4T certificate, you will be sent a copy of the Trainers' Code of Conduct to sign and the materials will be yours soon after.  

Useful flowcharts and information

Flowchart - who needs a barred list check, enhanced DBS or both?

Flowchart - applying for a DBS certificate

Flowchart - checking someone who is already registered with the Update service

REC guidelines 2017 Putting pupils first  

Teaching Regulation Agency 

There is a range of information about the TRA (formerly known as the NCTL) function on including guidance, decisions and upcoming hearings (which are open to the public): 

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