Safer recruitment in education training

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Online: 4 hours

Face-to-face: 1 day 

Recruit safely with our training for anyone working in education or recruiting for roles in the education sector

Are you responsible for making sure you’re recruiting the right people to work with children and young people in your school, academy or college?

Developed by specialist child protection and human resource safeguarding experts, the NSPCC's online and face-to-face courses will teach you how to protect children and young people through a safer recruitment process.

What will I learn?

The online and face-to-face courses cover:

  • preparing to recruit
  • shortlisting for interview
  • vetting and barring checks
  • dealing with concerns identified through vetting and barring checks and assessing risk
  • managing allegations of inappropriate behaviour or abuse by a member of staff or volunteer.

Our online and face-to-face courses have been developed in line with current legislation in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and will teach you what you need to do to comply with statutory guidance.


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 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.
  • Purchasing courses on behalf of your team? Easily download reports to show who has completed the course.
  • 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.
  • 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 completion.
  • Resources to take home to help you protect the children you work or volunteer with.

Who is this course for?

Our Safer recruitment in education courses are for anyone working in education or recruiting for roles in the education sector including:

  • teachers
  • head teachers
  • governors
  •  human resources staff.

They are relevant to all education settings, such as:

  • nurseries
  • primary and secondary schools
  • higher education establishments
  • pupil referral units
  • academies
  • SEN schools.

We recommend that everyone taking these courses has an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding principles and has received child protection training. Our Child protection in schools online course provides a good introductory overview to safeguarding.

If you work in a non-education setting see our Safer recruitment (non-education) online training course.

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 the UK's 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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“Excellent overall, very thorough. I will recommend this training to our Headteacher’s Partnership – much better than previous consultants.”

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