This course has passed.


Recruitment in Education – The Department of Education’s Statutory guidance for schools and colleges, ‘Keeping children safe in education’ sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply with. You are required to prevent people who pose a risk of harm from working with children by adhering to statutory responsibilities. This one-day accredited course gives education staff the information and understanding they need to recruit safely and comply with relevant statutory guidance.

It is suitable for all individuals in the education sector who are involved in staff selection and is valid for five years.

Delegates on this accredited Safer Recruitment in Education course, led by Ann Marie Christian, will consider the issues through presentations, case studies and group discussion. Delegates will complete four modules and an eighteen question multiple-choice assessment and receive a certificate of attendance and course completion if they score thirteen and over.

This course is accredited by the Safer Recruitment Consortium.

trainer photo

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Consider policies and practices that mitigate the risk of abuse and ensure its prompt reporting
  • Review your organisation’s policies and practices with a view to making them safer
  • On successful completion of the assessment you will receive an accredited certificate from the Safer Recruitment Consortium
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
[email protected]


Collapse all
08:30 - 08:45


08:45 - 09:00

Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

09:00 - 09:45

Setting the Context for Safer Recruitment

  • Background and framework
  • The scale of abuse
  • Model of offending behaviour
  • Some characteristics of abusers
  • Implications for recruitment and selection and creating a safer environment for children
09:45 - 10:55

Morning Break

10:55 - 12:45

A Safer Recruitment Process

  • Features of a safer recruitment process for:
    • employees, contractors, agencies, volunteers
  • Sending the right message
  • The application form
  • The selection criteria
  • References
  • Review and next steps
12:45 - 13:15


13:15 - 15:15

Making the Right Decisions Throughout the Interview and Selection Process

  • Importance of making the right decision
  • The interview and the selection process
  • Pre-appointment checks
  • Using criminal disclosure information
  • Review and next steps
15:15 - 15:30

Afternoon Break

15:30 - 16:45

Creating an Ongoing Culture of Vigilance

  • Features of a safer culture
  • Audio presentation
  • Creating an open culture
  • Individual responsibilities for expressing concern
  • Dealing with allegations of professional abuse
  • Next steps and other resources
16:45 - 17:00

Closing Remarks and papers marked and certificates given


America Square Conference Centre

1 America Square, 17 Crosswall, , London , EC3N 2LB