The course consists of four sessions:
- Session 1 looks at how safer recruitment fits within with the wider context of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, the scale of abuse; some aspects of the characteristics of abusers and the detail of how child sex abusers typically operate within organisations, and relates that to recruitment.
- Session 2 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.
- Session 3 considers the importance of making the right decisions and using structured interviews to help do that, as well as pre-employment checks on the candidates selected for appointment.
- Session 4 examines the need for ongoing awareness and vigilance and considers how organisations can develop and maintain an environment that deters and prevents abuse and challenges inappropriate behaviour.
Andrew Martin is an experienced child protection social worker, manager and safeguarding trainer. He has both worked in and managed a number of teams working with children and young people in need of support and protection including initial response, emergency duty service and long term looked after teams. He has experience of recruitment and selection processes and integrates this with the course learning.
Anthony Goble has an extensive career in human resources across a number of local authorities. He managed the HR service for schools for several years before moving into the role of Designated Officer. With 10 years experience in this role Anthony has a comprehensive understanding of child protection processes and employment procedures.
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