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Last reviewed on 17 August 2021
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At least one member of a selection panel must have completed safer recruitment training. Understand what the training should cover and how often it should be refreshed. We'll also point you to our safer recruitment eLearning.


Maintained schools

Governing boards of maintained schools must ensure that at least 1 of the people conducting an interview has undertaken safer recruitment training. This is set out on page 47 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), the statutory safeguarding guidance.

This doesn't have to be a governor, but at least 1 governor should be trained in safer recruitment because:

  • It will be necessary if your board has to recruit a new headteacher
  • It's useful to have a governor who can step in if the trained person on a recruitment panel can't take part for any reason

One Education recommended this.


The requirement doesn't apply to academies, but you should make sure that those involved with recruiting and employing staff to work with children have received appropriate safer recruitment training.

This is covered on page 47 of KCSIE and page 13 of non-statutory guidance on staffing

At a minimum, training should cover part 3 of

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