Experience over many years shows that it is important for organisations that provide services to children to incorporate into their recruitment and selection procedures, measures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children, or who are otherwise unsuited to work with them. Making safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children an integral part of HR management in organisations that work with children is an essential part of creating safe environments for children. The need for this was illustrated by the Soham case and the findings and recommendations contained in Sir Michael Bichard’s report into that case (2004) that highlighted flaws and shortcomings in the recruitment process that allowed Ian Huntley to be employed as a caretaker at Soham Community School. The Safer Recruitment workshop builds on reports and recommendations. It 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’
Session 1 looks at how safer recruitment fits with the wider context of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, the scale of abuse, a model of offender behaviour, some aspects of the characteristics of abusers and of how child sex abusers typically operate within organisations, and relate that to recruitment. Session 2 illustrates the importance of planning a recruitment exercise, sending the right messages to potential applicants, following a consistent and thorough process to obtain relevant information about each applicant, and short-listing candidates for interview. Session 3 considers the importance of making the right decisions and using structured interviews to help do that, as well as pre-employment checks on the candidate selected for appointment. Session 4 examines the need for ongoing awareness and vigilance and considers how organisations can develop and maintain a safe environment.
This accredited course will enable you to apply safeguarding procedures to all school recruitment.
Places are limited.
All staff that are involved in the recruitment.