Safer recruitment training

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From £35

to £225

Online / Face-to-face

4 hours (online)

1-day (face-to-face) 

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 elearning and face-to-face 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.

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.

Benefits of the course

  • CPD certified.
  • Covers government guidance relevant to safer recruitment, including Working together to safeguard children.
  • 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.
of our customers would recommend NSPCC elearning
* We received 20,806 evaluation forms from people who had taken our courses between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. 20,511 (99%) said they would recommend the course they had taken.

Choose your learning style

Benefits of online training

  • Train anytime, anywhere and as many times as you like within one year.
  • Complete at your own pace and in your own time.
  • Includes film interviews with experts, quizzes, film scenarios and reflective tasks to help you develop your understanding.
  • Personalised downloadable certificate of achievement once you’ve completed.
  • Purchasing licences on behalf of your team? Easily download reports to show who has completed the course.
  • 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.

Benefits of face-to-face training

  • Delivered by expert trainers.
  • Share your ideas, experience and learning with participants from a wide range of sectors and organisations.
  • Learn in a dedicated learning space, without distractions.
  • Participate in interactive exercises and get direct support and guidance as you learn.
  • Personalised certificate of achievement.
  • Resources to take home to help you protect the children you work or volunteer with.

Who should take these courses?

Our safer recruitment courses are suitable for a range of sectors, including:

  • voluntary sector
  • community groups
  • faith organisations
  • social care
  • young people's offending and probation services
  • health sector
  • children's leisure and entertainment
  • services for children with disabilities and special educational needs
  • welfare and family support services
  • youth support organisations
  • commercial organisations and small businesses.

If you work in the education or early years’ sector, take our Safer recruitment in education training.

Why take your training with the NSPCC?

At the NSPCC, we work to keep children and young people safe from abuse and neglect every day.

As experts on safeguarding and child protection, we understand the issues organisations and people working with children can face. That’s why professionals trust us to provide the support, training and resources they need to help protect the children and young people they work with.

Our highly-rated training courses are developed by experts. We work with a number of organisations, experienced consultants and subject matter experts in a range of sectors to develop courses that are clear, easy-to-use, up-to-date and in line with the latest statutory guidance, and tailored to your needs.

And as a charity, income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.

Technical requirements

Our online courses will work in most browsers, though we recommend that you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Safari. You will need to make sure your browser is up to date for the course to run.

This course can be taken on PCs and Macs, as well as iPads or other tablet devices. Please note, we are unable to provide full technical support for tablet users. We do not support other mobile devices.

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Call us on 0116 234 7246 or email if you have any questions.

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COVID-19 update: we’re temporarily reducing the price of our elearning to support all people working with children.

1-9£35.00 £31.50
10-49£31.50 £29.75
50-99£29.75 £28.00
100-999£28.00 £26.25
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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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