Raising Hands


Expert guidance on how to create a robust recruitment, selection and pre-employment vetting process to minimise the risks of appointing anyone who is unsuitable to work with children.

Alongside their educational mission, schools have, as one of their paramount responsibilities, the need to ensure a safe learning environment for children. Part of that safeguarding responsibility will be ensuring that all adults who work regularly in a school setting, whether as employees, volunteers or other contracted workers, have been subject to a careful selection and vetting process, to ensure that they are suitable to work with children.

This programme is designed for any school leaders or governors who are likely to be involved in recruiting staff.

Having completed this one-day training programme, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the scale of child abuse, looking at national statistics

  • Understand some common features of abuser motivation and behaviour, and how to use the recruitment process to deter and prevent unsuitable candidates from being appointed to work in schools;

  • Identify the features of a safer recruitment process;

  • Develop an action plan to put in place at their own school in order to ensure that robust safer recruitment processes are in place.

  • Understand the need for an ongoing culture of vigilance in schools, in order to identify and appropriately challenge inappropriate behaviours towards children.

Sarah Smith is an experienced Safer Recruitment trainer, accredited by the Lucy Faithful Foundation (part of the Safer Recruitment Consortium) 


22nd and 23rd September 2022, two half-day virtual sessions (Zoom)