safer recruitment

This course is aimed at managers and staff within organisations who are responsible for recruiting staff to work with children and vulnerable adults.

People in any organisation can use their position of trust to abuse vulnerable children and adults. Others do not hold true to their values and neglect the people they work with or fail to speak up. This course looks at how to run a recruitment process that puts as many barriers in the way of potential abusers as possible in order to keep service users safe. Read more …

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the course

Essential CPD for Registered managers, proprietors and other staff involved in recruitment (e.g. HR staff, administrators, trustees) in regulated settings.

The course covers:

  • Safer recruitment and the wider context of safeguarding
  • Prevalence of abuse and profile of abusers
  • How abusers operate within organisations
  • Features of a safer recruitment process
  • Making the right decisions: interview and selection
  • Maintaining an ongoing culture of vigilance
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Participants highly rate dialogue training for usefulness of content, meeting learning outcomes, making a difference to young people and the quality of the trainer.


(based on most recent 252 ratings on 24/4/21)

the trainer

Tara Lawson is a dedicated safeguarding professional with 15 years’ experience of working with children, young people, and adults at risk, across a number of settings, including custody, social care, education, community, and sports organisations.

Tara is passionate about making safeguarding simple, and ensuring that legislation, guidance, and best practice is accessible and understandable to everyone, from an organisation’s board of trustees, right through to children and adults at risk and their families or guardians. Tara aims to remove the worry that so many organisations have about getting safeguarding wrong and replace it with confident understanding.

Tara is a qualified adult trainer, delivering bespoke and accredited Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment training. Tara is passionate about building the knowledge and confidence of organisations and their staff teams through engaging and thought-provoking training, ensuring that settings are safe for those accessing them.

I would highly recommend this training for anyone working in a children’s home setting who are involved with any aspect of the recruitment and selection of staff. Thank-you for the opportunity to refresh and develop my knowledge and understanding in this important topic.

Corinne Fallano, Lifeworks