When you employ staff, it is important that you run safety checks to ensure that the candidate is who they say they are. This is particularly crucial when employing someone who will be working alongside children or vulnerable adults.
Before an organisation asks an employee to apply for a criminal record check through a DBS check, they are legally responsible for ensuring that the potential candidate is entitled to work with children or vulnerable adults. In this article, we will give an overview of the underlying principles to consider when recruiting safely.
What is Safer Recruitment
Safer recruitment is a set of practices that ensure your staff are eligible to work alongside children. It means thinking about issues to do with child protection, safeguarding and putting the children’s welfare at every stage of the recruitment process. This is crucial in creating a safe environment for the children or vulnerable adults under your care. When recruiting, all prospective staff should be assessed and checked to ensure that any criminal convictions have been declared and that candidates have a DBS certificate that is up to date.
How Can I Carry Out A Safer Recruitment Process?
To carry out a safer recruitment process, you must do the following:
- Inform candidates of your commitment to safeguarding those in your care.
- Inform candidates that they will have to go through a strict vetting procedure before employment.
- Address that all candidates will have to go through a strict vetting procedure on the job advert.
- Carefully plan your recruitment process so that there is enough time to thoroughly vet each candidate.
- Carry out pre employment checks such as DBS checks, qualification checks, reference checks and identity checks.
- Ensure that the new employees undergo appropriate training so that they know what is acceptable behaviour
Do I Need an Enhanced DBS Check?
Often, if working with children or vulnerable adults, you may need to complete an enhanced DBS check. An enhanced DBS check will reveal any criminal convictions, warnings and reprimands you may have had in the past. It will not only be checked against the Police National Computer (PNC), but it will also be matched against the adult and children’s barred list. If your application is checked against the barred list, a list 99 check will be conducted. This is a list of all the individuals who have been barred from working with children by The Department on Education. To understand more about the type of DBS check you might need for the role, read our blog on what jobs require DBS checks.
Only a select few roles require candidates to undergo an enhanced DBS check. These include (but aren’t limited to) the following:
- Teaching, training and instructing jobs
- Social workers
- Foster carers
- Children’s healthcare
- Working with schools or children’s homes
Overall, the purpose of Safer Recruitment is to help identify individuals who could be at risk of abusing children and vulnerable adults. If you are recruiting new candidates but need to carry out DBS checks beforehand, then register with Care Check today. From small businesses to large charities, we are adept at obtaining all levels of DBS checks no matter what the industry. Contact us today for more information.