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Do you want to help to keep children and young people safe?

If your organisation works with or provides services for children and families then it’s your duty to protect their welfare.


In July 2010, the Home Secretary halted further roll out of the Vetting and Barring Scheme and initiated a review. In February 2011, the recommendations from the review, including the scrapping of registration and monitoring of individuals by the Scheme, formed part of the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which is expected to receive royal assent in 2012.  Until the proposed changes become law, we would like to reassure you that the current safer recruitment training is still valid. We are working closely with The Department for Education who advise us "that the pre recruitment checks should continue and revised guidance will be issued before any amendments come into force".

Additionally, there has been no change to the current legal duty to refer relevant safeguarding information to the Independent Safeguarding Authority, when a person has been moved or removed by an employer because of the harm they have caused to a child or the risk of harm to a child.

Take the safer recruitment online training

Become more confident in the skills needed to recruit safely. Visit the e-learning portal to register now.

Who's the training for?

All organisations in England that work with or provide services for children and families have a duty to protect their welfare. If you recruit paid staff or volunteers into the children and families workforce then you should take the safer recruitment training. 

What's involved?

You can complete the training online by visiting the e-learning portal
The training covers:

  • What abuse is.
  • Recruitment processes that should be followed.
  • How to manage allegations.

Other areas of interest 

Page updated: 10 January 2012

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