Safer recruitment toolkit

Information about the safer recruitment practices which should be applied to all posts schools.

Safe recruitment practices are essential to ensuring that unsuitable persons do not gain access to work (either on a paid or voluntary basis) with children in schools.

Key elements of safe recruitment practice

  • Consider safeguarding at every stage of the process; planning, advertising, interview and appointment.
  • Ensure the job description includes the responsibility for safeguarding children.
  • Ensuring the person specification includes reference to suitability to work with children.
  • Checking the application form including employment/ experience history and ensuring that any gaps/ anomalies are satisfactorily explained.
  • Ensure receipt of independent professional references, which address specific questions.
  • Face to face interview. Interview panel to have received appropriate safer recruitment training
  • Verification of candidate’s identity and right to work in the UK
  • Verification of academic qualifications (and/ or professional body status) (original copies required).
  • Medical clearance to establish mental and physical fitness for the role
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure and Children’s Barred List on staff and volunteers who are undertaking ‘regulated activity and where relevant an overseas criminal record check.
  • Teacher status checks – Qualified Teacher status; Induction Standards; Prohibition from teaching; Disqualification Under Childcare Act (2009)

For further guidance see the toolkit below. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Department for Education (DfE) publication: Keeping Children Safe in Education.