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Safer recruitment in education training

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From £35 to £245

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Online: 4 hours

Face-to-face: 1 day 

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Online and face-to-face courses to help schools, academies and colleges recruit the right staff and volunteers to keep pupils safe

Learn how to make sure safeguarding is embedded in every stage of recruitment for your education setting - from initial shortlisting through to interviewing and vetting to making the final offer.

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.

Looking for our non-education courses?

We also provide safer recruitment training for organisations and sports and leisure settings. 

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.

Choose how you want to learn

This course is available in a range of learning styles to meet your training needs. Choose from elearning, live virtual training or in-person on location.


Benefits of the course

  • CPD certified.
  • Online course updated in October 2023
  • 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 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 39,176 evaluation forms from people who had taken our elearning and face-to-face/virtual live training courses between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. 38,394 (98%) said they would recommend the course they had taken.

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

Course participant, Face-to-face training