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Note : for cancellations within 14 days of the event, a £15 admin charge applies. For non-attendance on the day, no refund will be given.
In September 2016, the DfE published updated statutory guidance for schools and FE colleges ‘Keeping children safe in education’. Parts 1 and 2 outline the roles and responsibilities of staff and school leaders and the arrangements that governing bodies must have in place. Part 3 describes the current legislation and guidance relating to safer recruitment practices for paid and unpaid staff while part 4 deals with allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff. Part 3 paragraph 38 says “The school staffing regulations require governing bodies of schools to ensure that at least one person on any appointment panel has undertaken safer recruitment training.” Safer Recruitment training has been available for some years, both as an e-learning package and for face to face delivery. Between 2007 and 2014, it was mandatory for every head teacher / principal and at least one member of every recruitment panel to have undertaken Secretary of State-approved training in safe recruitment techniques. This ‘approved’ training was originally badged by the National College of School Leadership (NCSL) and then the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) – however, legislation and guidance have changed significantly in recent years and the training materials have not kept pace. In December 2013, following a series of meetings between the DfE and interested parties, the Safer Recruitment Consortium was created to update the face-to-face and online training materials and create a vehicle to ensure that good quality training continues to be available to schools, colleges and other education services. This is an accredited workshop that is intended to provide a consistent national minimum standard of good practice measures that organisations can adopt when recruiting staff or volunteers to work with children. This new Safer Recruitment training was launched on 1st September 2014.
The Safer Recruitment workshop aims to:
- give participants an awareness and understanding of offender behaviour
- identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
- consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
- help participants begin to review their own and their organisation’s policies and practice with a view to making them ‘safer’