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, March 2015 - 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.
Please see the LSCB Online Procedures Manual for the procedures below:
Existing safer recruitment trainers should contact:
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation to register as a trainer in order to gain access to updated safer recruitment materials - http://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk/safer_recruitment_training.htm
Delegates interested in safer recruitment training courses should contact:
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation for information about courses and training available in their area; and
As always please contact us at LSCB@cumbria.gov.uk with any questions or for further information.