When recruiting an individual into a role, it’s important to understand the element of risk involved. Not only are you choosing a person you’ll depend on to fulfil a position within a company, but you also need to ensure their credentials match up with who you’re expecting them to be. In certain sectors such as health and social care, where people are hired to work with children and young people, there are stricter requirements needed for those roles. This is where Safer Recruitment comes in.

What is Safer Recruitment?

Safer Recruitment is a process designed to protect the welfare of children whenever they come into contact with individuals employed in a safeguarding role. Safer Recruitment was created to identify, deter and reject candidates who could be at risk of abusing children.

The legislation requires pre-employment checks for all prospective candidates applying  to work with children and vulnerable young people. Ensuring the care of young people in any health and care business is vital and following the Safer Recruitment guidelines can support this. Your staff must be equipped to care for the people they will tend to.

A recruitment policy should already be in place to ensure all applicants are considered equally and fairly. The policy stops people from being discriminated against according to their race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital/civil partnership status, disability or age.

Safer Recruitment Policy

Safer Recruitment pre-employment checks add another layer of  security to make sure references have been cross-checked and that proof of identity is provided. It also ensures that criminal convictions have been declared and that the candidate’s DBS certification is up-to-date. This makes sure that all evidence is presentable at the interview stage. The policy should be tailored to your organisation.

There are two key steps employers must follow to ensure they create a safe place in the care organisation for children and vulnerable adults:

Safer Recruitment Policy Statement

The Safer Recruitment policy statement provides evidence that your healthcare company is committed to recruiting only the best staff or volunteers to care for children, young people and adults at risk. This should sit alongside the policy itself, confirming to all that you have a Safer Recruitment policy in place.

Follow Safer Recruitment Procedures

By following procedures, safeguarding and child protection must be central to your recruitment process. This starts with writing the job specification, making a job offer, doing the necessary checks and inducting a new member of staff or volunteer.

The Importance of DBS Checks in Healthcare

A key element of safer recruitment is the DBS check. The Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers make safer recruitment decisions to prevent unsuitable individuals from working with vulnerable people, including children. A DBS check will  highlight if an applicant has a criminal record or has been put on a barring list which would bring into doubt their ability to care for individuals, or work in the sector at all.

The most important role of a DBS check is to make sure the people in your care are protected. You want to avoid the possibility of one of your employees endangering the safety of someone in your care.

Who Needs a DBS Check?

Whether you’re an NHS Trust or an Organisation that works alongside a Trust, there are various roles that are commonly DBS checked:

  • Doctors
  • GP’s
  • Nurses
  • Admin staff
  • Medical secretaries
  • Porters
  • On-site medical engineers
  • Dentists

According to the UK Government, healthcare specialists are required to take a Basic level check for providing healthcare services. There are some roles that are eligible for an Advanced level check, but an employer would need to use the eligibility tool to decide which one is most appropriate

NHS Contractors and DBS Checks

For staff that aren’t directly employed by the NHS but contracted to provide services, checks may also need to be obtained. The NHS has its own policy on checking staff and contractors should be informed of the level of check they must obtain.

How to obtain DBS checks on staff?

Care Check can process numerous DBS checks for your health and social care staff without the stress of having to arrange them yourself. Our eBulk system is fast and efficient and will process multiple checks in no time. Get in touch with us today to get started!