Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Partnership

Safer Recruitment


This Safer Recruitment online training course is designed for those who are responsible for hiring people who work with children.  Safer Recruitment training online will teach you what is meant by safer recruitment and the practices involved, which legislation underpins safer recruitment, as well as cases where safer recruitment practices could have prevented abuse, how to assess the suitability of candidates, the 6 NHS employment check standards and their processes.

Course Description

Safer Recruitment is designed to help those who are responsible for hiring anyone who works with children, to identify and deter or reject individuals who are deemed to be at risk of abusing children. 

It’s crucial that all employers have a recruitment policy in place that takes into account safer recruitment best practices and considerations. This course covers key topics including: 

  • advertising
  • application forms
  • selecting candidates for interview based on the information they have presented
  • post-interview checks before making an offer of employment.

Recruitment of staff is now a complex process and there are many issues that need to be considered to ensure safe and successful recruitment, to reduce in turn the risk of harm, abuse and neglect of adults and children.  

This course is a set of safe principles covering the essentials areas of safer recruitment including:  

  • An overview of recruitment  
  • How to communicate with applicants 
  • Preparing job and personnel specifications 
  • Application forms, advertising and references 
  • Pre-interview checks and selecting candidates for interview 
  • DBS checks and enhanced checking, pre employment checks (PEC) 
  • Induction, training, and supervision of new staff  
  • Relevant legislation 
  • How adults and children might become at risk 

This course includes case examples, and challenges to help professionals check their knowledge and apply it into everyday working life. This course is suitable for people working in roles in HR and those involved in recruitment of staff.  

Having a greater understanding of safer recruitment best practices are crucial for anyone who work in an environment where children and young people or vulnerable adults are present. It is very important that extra care is taken to ensure people are safe to work in such environment when recruiting or managing new members of staff. Safer recruitment is designed for safeguarding children and young people - also to ensure that staff follow a clear code of conduct and mitigate inappropriate behaviours in new staff members.

Who is it for?

  • Academy trusts
  • Agency staff
  • Full time workers
  • Governing bodies
  • Governors
  • Head teachers
  • Human resources staff
  • Part time workers
  • Teacher assistant
  • Teachers
  • Voluntary staff

Applicable to the following places of work:

  • Academies
  • Care homes
  • Children’s homes
  • Free schools
  • Higher education establishments
  • Hospitals
  • Independent schools
  • Law firms
  • Nurseries
  • Primary schools
  • Pupil referral units
  • Secondary schools
  • SEN schools
  • Sports clubs


After completing this course, you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate, which you can print for your records.

Course duration

The Safer Recruitment course should take two hours to complete, but the e-learning courses are entirely self-paced, so this depends on your individual learning speed.

Please note that whilst this e-learning course is free, failure to complete within 30 days of allocation will result in a £15 charge.

To register for this course, please click here

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