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Workforce urged to safeguard children through safer recruitment

The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is calling for recruiters in all organisations that work with children and young people to complete free Safer Recruitment Online Training to help safeguard children.

Every organisation that works with children and young people, or is involved in providing services for them, has a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare and ensure they are recruiting their workforce safely. 

Safer Recruitment Training helps managers and those who are responsible for recruiting into organisations to put robust safer recruitment processes in place and to make the right decisions during the recruitment process. 

Deirdre Quill, Director of Early Intervention and Prevention at CWDC, said: Organisations working with children, young people and their families have a responsibility to ensure that they operate safer recruitment procedures and that everyone who works with them, in whatever capacity, is suitable.

It's important that recruiters in the private, public and voluntary sector across the children's workforce follow good practice and help protect children from people who are unsuitable for such positions of trust, by taking the safer recruitment online training. 

The free training will help those who recruit into the workforce become more confident in their role in safeguarding children and young people and it is available through online modules, allowing flexibility to meet the needs of each employee.

The online training package covers what constitutes abuse, recruitment processes that should be followed, the current arrangements for vetting and checking and how to manage allegations.

Recruiters are invited to register and complete the Safer Recruitment Online Training at http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/safeguarding/safer-recruitment

CWDC has also launched face-to-face Safer Recruitment Training, available nationally across England through a consortium led by Action for Children. There are a limited number of free places for small organisations.  Further details are available at http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/safeguarding/safer-recruitment/face-to-face

1. The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) leads change so that the thousands of people and volunteers working with children and young people across England are able to do the best job they possibly can. We want England's children and young people's workforce to be respected by peers and professionals and valued for the positive difference it makes to children, young people and their families. We advise and work in partnership with lots of different organisations and people who want the lives of all children and young people to be healthy, happy and fulfilling. For more information visit: www.cwdcouncil.org.uk 

2. Safer Recruitment Training for the Children and Young People's Workforce is not currently mandatory but good practice. Further information about both online and face-to-face Safer Recruitment Training is available at  http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/safeguarding/safer-recruitment/

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