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Safer Recruitment

Safer recruitment is an important part of safeguarding children.

Whether you are a large organisation or a voluntary community group, there are steps you can take to try and ensure that the people who are employed or volunteering for you are safe to work with children and young people.

Safer recruitment has key elements which are:

  • Robust recruitment and selection processes
  • Relevant vetting and checking processes
  • A robust induction
  • A good training infrastructure.

The aims of safer recruitment are:

  • To prevent unsuitable people working with children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • To promote safe practices and challenge poor or unsafe practice
  • Respond promptly and appropriately to concerns about a child’s welfare
  • Develop partnership working.

Having a safe culture is a key part of safeguarding and as an organisation or group you can do this by:

  • Having effective recruitment, induction, training, mentoring and supervision processes
  • Ensuring that there is an awareness and understanding of safeguarding
  • Have open and transparent practice
  • Have clear procedures for reporting concerns or issues
  • Have a clear reporting structure so that people understand and know who to contact and where to get help
  • Have open and agreed standards of behaviour and a code of conduct
  • Have robust policies and procedures regarding safeguarding children and young people
  • Have a commitment to safeguarding children and young people, and put safeguarding high on everyone’s agenda
  • Keep an open mind.

Revised Policy and Guidance for Whistleblowers

On 21 January 2016 the revised policy and guidance for whistleblowers ‘Whistleblowing to Ofsted about children’s social care services’ was published. You can access the policy on the Ofsted website.

The new policy and guidance outlines what Ofsted will do when we receive certain concerns about children’s social care services from a whistleblower. Our previous whistleblowing policy referred only to safeguarding in local authority children’s services. Whereas our new policy extends to all matters relating to the inspection and regulation of children’s social care establishments, agencies, services and providers (children’s social care services).

Please share this information with your members and those services you work with to help us raise awareness in the wider sector.

You can also find useful information on the Gov.UK website

If you have any questions about the policy, please email

Managing Allegations against people who work with children

  • Chapter 7: Managing Allegations against people who work with children is on our Policies and Procedures page – this chapter outlines what professionals must do in circumstances where there is an allegation against someone who works with children.

The LSCB has developed and agreed a Guidance Document which outlines codes of conduct for people who work with children and young people.

The purpose of the guidance is to protect and promote the interests of workers and the children they work with. All adults who come into contact with children and young people, in their work, have a legal and moral duty to keep children and young people safe and to protect them from sexual, physical and/or emotional harm.

The duty that rests on an individual is to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure the welfare of a child or young person is paramount.

Guidance on the code of conduct for people who work with children and young people [PDF 129Kb]

Documents of interest to schools such as:

  • the sample safeguarding policy
  • keeping children safe in education statutory guidance for schools and colleges
  • keeping children safe in education – information for all school and college staff

can be found under Safeguarding Guidance for Schools on our Procedures page

The Disclosure and Barring Service provides access to criminal records and other information. The DBS assists organisations by identifying candidates or volunteers who may be unsuitable for certain kinds of work.

There are two types of checks undertaken, an Enhanced DBS check and a standard check. The Protection of Children Act legally obliges organisations to obtain a DBS check for certain staff and volunteers.

The LSCB has developed a document that can be used by all agencies/organisations in the recruitment of people who will be working with children and young people. It is called Standards for Safer Recruitment. This document provides guidance on all stages of the recruitment process. The guidance outlines the appropriate steps to be taken in order to avoid pitfalls and ensure that recruitment is based upon best practice and equal opportunities. Integral to a robust and safe recruitment process are:

  • Planning – ensure that the job description and person specification has a clear statement about the role, responsibilities and expectations regarding the attributes and characteristics necessary.
  • Advertising – sending out the right message.
  • Application – gathering, analysing and following up information provided by candidates.
  • Obtaining and checking references which ask specific questions about the candidates suitability.
  • Interviewing – by people in safer recruitment.
  • Conduct identity and qualification checks.
  • Vetting checks
  • Medical checks

Induction is an important process following the successful appointment of a staff member. It will support them in their new role and help them fulfil the responsibilities if that role and the principles of the organisation or group.

Safeguarding children is an essential element of any induction process for people who work or volunteer with children and young people.

The LSCB has developed a Safeguarding Awareness workbook [PDF 330Kb] for statutory or voluntary agencies to use to help with the induction of new staff.