This session looks at the importance of planning a recruitment exercise, sending the right messages to potential applicants, following a consistent and thorough process to obtain relevant information about each applicant, and short-listing candidates for interview.

Planning for Safer Recruitment

Important steps to planning for safer recruitment are represented below by an image with accompanying text underneath. Read through each informative step by slowly dragging the selector to the right until you have read and familiarised yourself with all key areas in planning for safer recruitment:

Recruitment & Shortlisting

People who work in education would recognise that:
  • Children in your care may be abused
  • Children may not receive proper care, education, or coaching
  • Staff and parents or carers may suffer emotional trauma, stress or possible feelings of guilt
  • You may have to bear the emotional and economic cost of coping with the police or social care investigation and attendant publicity

However, a thorough safer recruitment process allows you to minimise risks and ensures that:
  • Children are safe and can learn and develop Children receive high standards of care, and education or coaching
  • Organisation is effective, functions well and achieves its objectives
  • Turnover of staff and associated costs are reduced
  • Parents are less likely to complain
  • Reputation of the organisation and viability is enhanced

The Short-Listing Process

Additional Important Considerations for a Safer Recruitment Process:

The following checklist represents a sample safer recruitment process from identifying a vacancy to making an appointment. This is not an exhaustive step-by-step list for the safer recruitment process but is an exercise to familiarise yourself with some key areas that should be included in a safer recruitment procedure:

The following section contains a number of questions to provide you with a quick knowledge test to help you retain the information from this module. After answering the question proceed through the remaining questions by selecting the blue arrow at the bottom right of each set of answers:

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