Safer Recruitment in Education Overview and Refresher Training Refresher session developed in accordance with statutory legislation. Updates you with the latest steps required to ensure the suitability of adults in your setting.

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Safer recruitment is one of the most important aspects of protecting and safeguarding the children in your care. The governing body of a maintained school must ensure when appointing a member of the school workforce, that at least one member of the appointment panel has undertaken appropriate training in how to take proper account of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when recruiting staff. Keeping Children Safe in Education states: it is good practice for appointment panels of academy schools to be appropriately trained. Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage states: providers must ensure that people looking after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles, have effective systems in place to ensure that practitioners, and any other person who is likely to have regular contact with children (including those living or working on the premises) are suitable.

Safer recruitment is not just about carrying out a DBS check prior to staff starting. Effective safer recruitment practices are critical when recruiting staff or volunteers in helping to minimise the risk of allowing a person who is unsuitable to work with children. Needless to say, the consequences of inadequately trained practitioners, ineffective safeguarding policies and procedures can be devastating for all involved.

This interactive workshop has been developed in accordance with the latest statutory legislation: Keeping Children Safe in Education, safeguarding updates and the latest Department for Education: Staffing and employment advice for schools, and the latest Rehabilitation of Offender Orders and EEA checks for teachers.

It is ideally placed to act as a refresher session for any members of a recruitment panel or governor who haven’t attended safer recruitment for 2 or more years as it will take you through the necessary updated steps required to ensure the people working with children in your educational setting are safe to do so.

For anyone NEW to safer recruitment roles and responsibilities we would recommend attending our accredited Safer Recruitment in Education one day workshop.

Training will be delivered via Zoom.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation.




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Rachel Priestley

Rach has a background in Business Development and Administration, gaining much of her knowledge and experience through her 19 year career with the NHS working within the executive office, community services and public health. 

Before moving on from the NHS, Rach supported the Chief Executive, the Chairman and the Trust Board of a local NHS Care Trust, which managed Children’s Services. Her responsibilities spanned across HR, Finance, Governance, Compliance, Risk, systems and processes, and internal training. Rach also supported the Children’s Safeguarding Lead with safeguarding investigations.

In 2017, she left the NHS to pursue a successful self-employed career supporting business to grow, with flexible business development and administration support, which she continues to do on a part-time basis.

Rach is in house trained, and is passionate about delivering outstanding services and enjoys working as part of the safeguarding team to achieve a common goal.

In her own time, she loves spending time outside, and long walks with the two family dogs. 

Shelley Armstrong

Shelley joined Safeguarding Support in 2020 as an experienced AET-qualified freelance trainer, and now enjoys working across the business, keeping clients as up to date as possible with the ever changing challenges facing safeguarding children in education.

Whilst we aim to simplify safeguarding, Shelley’s passion is to ensure engagement, pride and confidence through training and support. Shelley enjoys applying the competencies gained in different industries and environments to researching, designing, and developing materials for those with the responsibility to safeguard children, and in return has enormous respect for their commitment.

Her experience across the private business sector brings commercial skills to training and her background in psychology and counselling ensure courses are designed and delivered with the learner in mind.

Shelley lives in Yorkshire and enjoys walking her springer spaniels – come rain or shine!

Abigail Havon

Abigail is an experienced AET qualified trainer who began her safeguarding career in the charity sector.  There she was a regional manager and part of the safeguarding leadership team.  She was involved in writing policies and procedures, developing, and delivering training and supporting staff and volunteers to work 121 with children struggling with their literacy. 

She has worked in a variety of business environments gaining experience in different sectors. She has always chosen roles that call for collaboration and communication to bring the best out in people and projects to completion.  Abigail passionately believes that empowering educators to work together as part of a safeguarding team will lead to better outcomes for children and young people. 

As part of the SSL training team her role focuses mainly on delivering virtual training. 

Abigail lives near the Jurassic Coast and enjoys long walks and caring for her jungle of houseplants.  

Carol Stephenson

Carol has spent her entire career teaching in Bradford primary schools. Most recently she was Head Teacher of a large, outstanding, multi-academy trust, inner-city
school where she gained Local Leaders of Education (LLE) status.

Carol is a highly experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead and safeguarding Governor, with an extensive range of expertise, skills and knowledge. It was through this depth of experience that she became a dedicated representative of Bradford Children’s Safeguarding Board. In June 2019, Carol was awarded a Bradford Safeguarding Champions lifetime achievement award 2019 for her continued work in safeguarding the children of Bradford.

Carol is in-house trained and is NSPCC certified to deliver Child Protection and Safeguarding training.

In her spare time, Carol enjoys working on her allotment.