Advanced Certificate in Safer Recruitment (International Schools)

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Advanced Certificate in Safer Recruitment (International Schools)

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Duration: 86 Minutes (approx)

All schools must ensure that they have robust policies in place around the selection and suitability of prospective employees and that they are proactively creating a culture of safer recruitment. It’s essential that schools adopt a consistent and rigorous approach towards recruitment processes that ensures the wellbeing and safety of children and protects them from harm and abuse.

Our International Safer Recruitment course provides you with the core content you need to ensure you are delivering comprehensive safer recruitment processes. Delivered in high-quality video CPD format that has been skilfully organised for busy workloads and is accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere, our safer recruitment training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost effective and most time-efficient manner.

Delivered by international safeguarding expert, Robin Watts, the course has been divided into eleven easy-to-digest modules and contains links to further learning and resources throughout, with a knowledge assessment at the end to help you evidence your compliance in safer recruitment training.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding how to develop safer recruitment procedures and policies that fall in line with safeguarding and child protection priorities.
  • Recognising how to implement safer recruitment practice before, during and after the recruitment process to ensure children are kept safe from harm.
  • Identifying the relevant checks that should be made and the information that should be provided to employees and to schools during the recruitment process.
  • Recognising the key practicalities involved in drawing up recruitment specifications, interviewing, suitability checks, referencing and the induction process.
  • Understanding offender behaviour, the offending cycle and the motivations behind sexual abuse.

Course Units


Delivered by international safeguarding expert, Robin Watts, the course has been divided into eleven easy-to-digest modules and contains links to further learning and resources throughout, with a knowledge assessment at the end to help you evidence y...

Introduction to safer recruitment

In module 1, you will be asked to think about some of the dangers associated with recruitment in schools and what challenges you may face during the recruitment process.

Safer recruitment preparation and purpose

Module 2 will explore what schools should include in their safer recruitment policy and how they should be using this to promote safer recruitment from the start of the recruitment process.

Developing recruitment specifications

In module 3, you will learn about drawing up recruitment specifications, job descriptions and what minimum requirements applicants should have.

The importance of references

Module 4 will discuss how, when and why references should be used and the important part they play in determining a candidate’s suitability for employment.

Managing the interview process

In module 5 you will learn about how to develop interview questions focused on safeguarding and child protection and the types of positive and negative answers you may receive.

Undertaking relevant suitability checks

Module 6 will explore the types of suitability checks that schools will need to complete, including the use of the ICPC and what measures apply to volunteers.

Requesting self-disclosure and undertaking risk assessments

In module 7 you will learn about the use of self-disclosure processes and carrying out risk assessments on a case-by-case basis.

Offering employment and recording employment checks

Module 8 will explore what should be included in offers of employment, what checks schools should carry out and where employee data should be stored.

Induction processes and procedures

In module 9 you will learn about information to include as part of the induction procedure and how to ensure that you will strive to create and maintain a safer culture.

Managing offending behaviour

Module 10 will discuss what offending behaviour looks like, why offending behaviour may take place and what the motivations are to carry out abuse.

Review and summary

In module 11 you will review some of the findings from the exercise in module 1 and understand why prevention is always better than the cure.

Robin Watts

About The Expert

Robin Watts

International safeguarding expert and education consultant who has worked with schools worldwide.
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