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Safer Recruitment & Inspections

Safer Recruitment and Inspection Compliance for Academies

Safer recruitment is central to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and forms a key aspect of the inspection process. Schools must ensure that they properly carry out, record and evidence a raft of pre-appointment checks whether recruiting staff or entering into commercial agreements with third parties. Understanding this area is fundamental to a successful inspection and to ensuring the safety and welfare of current and future pupils.

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How We Can Help

We have a wealth of sector specific expertise and experience of safer recruitment and the inspection process, including:

  • advising schools on their legal and regulatory requirements when appointing teaching staff, support staff and governors, engaging volunteers, using supply agencies or contractors
  • reviewing single central registers, personnel files and recruitment practices
  • assistance with preparing for inspection
  • attending inspections to provide on the spot regulatory advice and support
  • providing post-inspection advice and support including: conducting factual accuracy checks; making representations to the inspectorate; drafting action plans; challenging inspection findings; and implementing compliant future practice
  • providing schools with compliant template recruitment documentation
  • reviewing commercial contracts to ensure safeguarding requirements are met.

Safer Recruitment Training

Schools are now free to choose what safer recruitment training they attend, provided it covers the content of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). However, the safer recruitment legal framework is complex and the subject of frequent change and it is therefore all the more important that schools receive training which keeps them up to date with current legal and regulatory requirements.

Our Safer Recruitment Training sessions cover KCSIE as well as practical recruitment issues, pre-employment checks, regulated activity, completing the SCR, dealing with allegations of abuse against staff and reporting obligations.

Single Central Register Training

Our SCR Training covers pre-appointment checks, record keeping, an in-depth look at the SCR and inspection compliance. We aim to provide clarity on your compliance requirements and to give you the confidence to challenge common misconceptions.

Our training will benefit all staff involved in the interview and appointment process, those who carry out pre-appointment checks and maintain the SCR, Designated Safeguarding Leads and those who are involved in the inspection process.

SCR Plus

We have recently developed SCR Plus which forms part of My OnStream, our compliance management solution for schools. SCR Plus is a system that is designed to enable safer recruitment and generate a compliant single central register. SCR Plus is set up to ensure that schools carry out the safeguarding checks that are relevant to the role being recruited for and prompts staff to carry out those checks at the appropriate stage in the appointment process. The information entered into SCR Plus will then allow schools to produce a compliant SCR at the push of a button, thereby eliminating the need to continuously update a recruitment checklist and a separate SCR. This will allow schools to focus on carrying out the right checks at the right time secure in the knowledge that doing so will result in the production of a compliant SCR.

More on SCR Plus

For further information regarding any of the above, please contact Richard Hewitt on 0117 314 5320.

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