Safer Recruitment

Recruitment, selection and pre-employment vetting

It is vital that schools and colleges create a culture of safe recruitment and, as part of that, adopt recruitment procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children.

Governing bodies and proprietors must act reasonably in making decisions about the suitability of the prospective employee based on checks and evidence including: criminal record checks (DBS checks), barred list checks and prohibition checks together with references and interview information.

(Source: Keeping children safe in education, Statutory guidance for schools and colleges, published March 2015 and updated September 2016 - see link below)

Please see the links below to guidance which describes in detail those checks that are, or may be, required for individuals working in any capacity at, or visiting, a school or college.

Cumbria Procedures

Please see the CSCP Online Procedures Manual for the procedures below:

Useful links


Existing safer recruitment trainers should contact:

Delegates interested in safer recruitment training courses should contact:

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