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Getting it right 

If you’re recruiting and employing people, this section will help give you the skills to find the right people to work with children.

Finding the right people to work with children and young people isn’t easy.

It’s very important that you take every measure possible to make sure that the person you’re employing (whether paid or unpaid) doesn’t pose a risk to children and has the right attitude to provide a safe and positive experience for them. There are laws, rules and guidance about employing people.

These resources and training courses can help you learn what is relevant for your organisation and help you in developing robust recruitment processes.


Safer recruitment and selection
Five-module NSPCC EduCare distance learning programme for anyone involved in the recruitment of staff and volunteers who work or come into contact with children and young people.

Online safer recruitment training
Supplied by the Department for Education.

Value Based Interviewing (VBI)
Training for interviewers - a two-day training course for anyone responsible for conducting recruitment interviews with staff and/or volunteers working with children.

Creating a culture of safety
Essential for those who need to understand more about the issues surrounding child sexual abuse. This NSPCC EduCare child protection awareness programme designed for those who come into contact with children through their work or voluntary activities.



Recruitment of people working with children and vulnerable adults
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. An online fact sheet providing an overview of the legislation and guidance relating to the screening of staff who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

DBS checks

Disclosure and Barring Service
The Media Group CRB


Guidance for safer working practice for adults who work with children and young people
Surrey Safeguarding Children Board. Practice guidance providing advice on appropriate and safe behaviours for all adults working with children in paid or unpaid capacities, in all settings and in all contexts.

Next steps 

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Help and advice to employ the right people

DBS checks
Find out how to apply for Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

More from the web

Find out more.
Volunteering England - Good Practice Bank

Worried about a child? Call the NSPCC.
0808 800 5000 - NSPCC

The UK's free 24 hour helpline for children.
0800 1111 - ChildLine

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