Safer Recruitment

Virtual Learning Platform, Virtual Learning Platform
Course Tutors
Vincent Driscoll
Admin Contact
Learning and Development Admin (
Target Audience
PCC Staff / Social Workers - Children
target audience
Course Types
Workshop, Course
Course categories
All Schools / Ethnic Minority Achievement / Educational Psychology / Health and Safety / NQTs / PCC Requirements / Primary Schools / Religious Education - SACRE / SEN / Secondary Schools / Training for CCG Managers / Training for PCC Staff / Training for PCC Managers / Gosport Borough Council / Solent NHS / Volunteers / Other
Management and Leadership Skills
Course description

Organisations that provide services to children are required to incorporate into their recruitment and selection procedures measures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children, or otherwise be unsuited to work with them. 

Making safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children an integral part of human resources management in organisations that work with children is an essential part of creating safe environments.

Following the 2004 Bichard Inquiry Report there are legal duties on schools, FE colleges and a wide range of partner organisations to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

For schools, Bichard specifically recommended that:

  • Head teachers and school governors should receive training on how to ensure that interviews to appoint staff reflect the importance of safeguarding children

  • No interview panel to appoint staff working in schools and colleges should be convened without at least one member being properly trained




Training objectives

This virtual safer recruitment event on Microsoft Teams aims to give participants an awareness and understanding of offender behaviour and identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of potential offenders. The workshop will explore policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting and help to create a safe and vigilant organisational culture.

Please note that this is not intended to be a comprehensive workshop on staff recruitment and selection.


Learning outcomes

Based on an understanding of offender behaviour, we want participants to:

  • Identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people

  • Consider policies and practice that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting

  • Begin to review their policies and practice in recruitment with a view to creating a safer culture

Additional Information

The charge for attendance is £100 per person for all schools and non-PCC participants.

Participants will be issued with a certificate upon successful completion of a short assessment.

Please note that this course will be run virtually. You will receive joining instructions, with a reading exercise and Teams link, two weeks prior to the event.

How to book: reserve a space via Portsmouth Learning Gateway or email

If you require further information about this training or have any questions, please email Vincent.

Please be aware that by making this booking and agreeing to the terms and conditions, you are confirming you have your manager's authorisation to attend this training and are aware of the cancellation/non-attendance charges that apply.

Start Date
Tuesday 8 March 2022
End Date
Tuesday 8 March 2022
Closing Date
Friday 4 March 2022
10:00 - 14:30
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