The Education Network takes safeguarding seriously which is why we were one of the first three education recruitment companies awarded with APSCo’s Compliance+ standard back in 2013, before its official launch.
Compliance+ is the best practice quality standard for education and social work recruitment businesses and as such we are audited to these practice requirements on at least an annual basis by an independent professional.
As such, all of our candidates are screened by means of the following before we allow them to work:
- Face-to-face interview
- Qualification checks
- Two references (including the most recent child related post)
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- DBS barring check
- Personal identification confirmation check
- Proof of eligibility to work in the UK
- The National College for Teaching and Leadership check (where applicable)
- Health checks
We’re also required to show continual improvement in a number of key areas, consisting of two sections:
Section 1 – Safeguarding which covers all safeguarding and child-protection activities undertaken by recruitment businesses when providing any staff into schools.
Section 2 – Competency which goes beyond the safety of a candidate, and looks to ensure that recruitment businesses are not just providing staff, but that they are providing the best suited and highest quality staff for a particular post.
We have since gone above and beyond to ensure that each and every child connected to us is protected and kept safe in schools, not only by hiring professionals which surpass the statutory safeguarding standards but by consistently providing our candidates with the tools and information they need to excel in the profession and adhere to best practice.
This includes free CPD, workshops and resources, as well as discounts on supporting products and services like our exclusive offer with safeguarding platform and our exemplary anti-bullying initiative, to name a few!
We have even appointed three regional designated safeguarding officers who have a high level of safeguarding training and knowledge and are responsible for preventing, supporting and reporting any safeguarding issues:
Sarah Howard – North West
Nicola Barratt – Yorkshire and Humberside
Michelle Giles – North East
Candidates registered with The Education Network can access online training via EduCare for Education, the learning service which covers a range of safeguarding and duty of care topics. Click here to discover more.