Safer recruitment training

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From £35 to £225

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Online / Face-to-face
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4 hours (online)

1-day (face-to-face) 

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Training to safely recruit the right staff and volunteers to ensure they are safe to work with children and young people

Are you responsible for selecting and recruiting the right candidates for posts that come into contact with children or young people?

Developed by specialist child protection and human resource safeguarding experts, the NSPCC’s training courses will teach you to how to safely recruit the right staff and volunteers to ensure they are safe to work with children and young people.

Work in education?

See our Safer recruitment in education training course.

What will I learn?

Safer recruitment is an essential part of safeguarding. Whether you’re a commercial business, statutory organisation, voluntary group or recruitment agency, it’s important you have rigorous safer recruitment at the heart of your organisation.

Our online and face-to-face courses cover:

  • developing safer recruitment policies and procedures for your organisation
  • preparing to recruit
  • selecting the right people to interview
  • carrying out thorough background checks
  • responding to concerns identified through background checks and assessing risk
  • responding to inappropriate behaviour and allegations of abuse.

Our safer recruitment courses have been developed in line with current legislation and guidance in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Choose how you want to learn

We offer a range of learning styles. Take your training anytime and anywhere with our elearning course, remotely from the comfort of your own home or office with our live virtual training sessions (currently available for our courses covering England and Northern Ireland legislation) or in-person on location in a dedicated learning space in England or Northern Ireland. 

Looking to this buy this course as part of a package?

Take a look at our cost-effective online training package for the voluntary sector.

Benefits of the course

  • CPD certified.
  • Covers government guidance relevant to safer recruitment, including Working together to safeguard children.
  • Choose your training style: elearning, live virtual sessions with an expert trainer or face-to-face on location.
  • Regularly updated to reflect changes in legislation, guidance and best practice advice.
  • Personalised downloadable certificate of achievement.
  • Once you've taken the course, it doesn’t stop there. We have a range of further information, training and downloadable resources to help you protect the children you work with.
  • Income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.
of our customers would recommend NSPCC training
* We received 34,690 evaluation forms from people who had taken our elearning and face-to-face/virtual live training courses between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021. 34,082 (98.2%) said they would recommend the course they had taken.

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Our online course covers legislation in all four nations.

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Buying for your organisation? If you would like to host this course on your learning management system call us on 0116 234 7246 or email

Book onto live virtual and face-to-face training

We deliver our face-to-face training courses on location and virtually via Zoom.

Use our drop down list to choose a location and date and be taken through to our booking form.

If you would like to commission training for your organisation, get in touch to discuss your training needs on 0116 234 7246 or

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“It has refreshed my knowledge and understanding. The structure is clear and easy to follow. I also like the fact that you can do it at your own pace - revisiting slides if needed.”

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