How to review your safer recruitment policy

Find out how to review your school's safer recruitment policy. Save time with our example questions you can ask, and use our model to see what good looks like.

Last reviewed on 3 July 2023See updates
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  1. Key facts
  2. What this policy needs to do
  3. Key questions to challenge the policy
  4. Find model procedures in appendix 2 of our safeguarding policy 

What this policy needs to do

As the proprietor, your board of trustees needs to adopt robust recruitment procedures that deter and prevent unsuitable people from applying for or securing employment or volunteering opportunities in your trust (and the schools within it, if you're in a MAT).

You also need to make sure that those involved with recruiting and employing staff to work with children have received appropriate safer recruitment training. Find out more about your role in safer recruitment.

Whether your trust covers safer recruitment as part of its child protection policy, or has a standalone safer recruitment policy, the document should make clear how your trust achieves these aims. For example, it might cover your trust's procedures for:

  • Advertising
  • Application forms
  • Shortlisting
  • Employment history and references
  • Interview and selection
  • Pre-appointment vetting checks (including staff, volunteers, governors and trustees)

You need to ask challenging questions when the policy comes to you for

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