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Aims:

  • 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 organisations’ policies and practices with a view to making them safer.

Learning Outcomes:

The course is intended to help participants:

  • Understand how safer recruitment fits within the wider context of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the Every Child Matters agenda; the scale of abuse; some aspects of the characteristics of abusers and the details of how child abusers typically operate within organisations, and relating that to recruitment
  • 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
  • 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
  • Examines the need for on-going awareness and vigilance and considers how organisations can develop and maintain an environment that deters and prevents abuse and  challenges inappropriate behaviour

Target Audience

Both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Practitioners

The course is aimed at those who are responsible for recruiting Staff, Volunteers and Trustees to the children’s workforce, children’s workforce being an umbrella term for anyone who works with children directly or in a supporting role (e.g. admin, cleaning, etc). Groups 5 & 6

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