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Safer Recruitment

All organisations that employ adults or volunteers to work with children should adopt a consistent and thorough process of safer recruitment in order to ensure those recruited are suitable.

Safer Recruitment procedures are outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2014) (PDF, 1Mb).

The purpose of Safer Recruitment is ultimately to:

  • Deter:
    When advertising a new job, right from the start, the advert must deter potential abusers. It must be obvious that your organisation has a rigorous recruitment process and does not tolerate abuse in any shape or form
  • Reject:
    At the interview stage, you need to know exactly what kind of questions and approaches can help you see what a candidate is really like.
  • Prevent:
    It is inevitable that some potential abusers will still be recruited by organisations serving children and young people. This does not mean it's too late for us to act. Although a safer recruitment process is vital, it's equally important that your organisation has a safe culture.

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