It is vital that schools, including non-maintained special schools, independent schools, FE colleges and other education establishments adopt recruitment and selection procedures and other human resources management processes that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children or are otherwise unsuited to work with them.
Safer practice in recruitment means thinking about and including issues to do with child protection, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children at every stage of the process. Pre-employment checks to include the Vetting and Barring Scheme introduced by the Independent Safeguarding Authority will be required.
From January 2010 Safer Recruitment training will be a mandatory requirement for the recruitment of all school staff. Recruitment panels of individuals will not be able to recruit staff in schools unless a member of that panel or the individual holds a certificate in Safer Recruitment. To enable schools to meet this mandatory requirement, staff involved in recruitment will need to access Safer Recruitment training. The Safer Recruitment training was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and developed by the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) in response to recommendation 16 of the Bichard Inquiry, providing valuable information on safer school culture. It can be accessed either on-line through the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) from 1st November 2009 or by attending the local workshops, bookable through North Somerset CPD on-lline (www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/safeguarding/safer-recruitment and http://schools-nsomersetcpd.webbased.co.uk). There is no requirement to complete both.