This is a one day course designed by the National College of School
Leadership following the recommendations made from the Bichard Inquiry
2004 (following the deaths of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman).
The course is split into two sections with the morning session focusing
on offender behaviour and developing a safer culture within the workplace
and the pm session focusing on safeguarding within the recruitment process.
The course must be attended in full as there is an assessment at the
end of both the morning and afternoon session. All participants completing
the assessment will receive a certificate reflecting this.
The course is aimed at all practitioners who are involved in the recruitment
of people to work (paid or unpaid) with children and young people.
This course is now mandatory training for schools following recommendations
16 & 17 of the Bichard Inquiry.
Head Teachers and school governors should receive training on how to ensure
that interviews to appoint staff reflect the importance of safeguarding children.
This recommendation has now been made mandatory by Government
From a date to be agreed, no interview panel to appoint staff working in
schools should be convened without at least one member being properly trained.
This course contains some PowerPoint presentation(s), group work, audio transcript and case
studies, in particular it covers:
- Scale of abuse.
- Characteristics of offender behaviour.
- Transcript of offender.
- Developing safe practices – an ongoing culture of vigilance.
- Action planning - a safer recruitment process, advertisement, application, references and short listing.
- Making the right decisions, planning interviews with a safeguarding remit and ensuring pre-employment checks.
By the end of this course you will:
- An understanding of offender behaviour.
- Awareness of the key features of staff recruitment that help to deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people.
- Considered relevant policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting.
- Considered your own organisations’ policies and practices with a view to making them safer.
- Developed confidence that you will be more able to practice safer recruitment.