Training Summary

Social care staff and volunteers provide support for the most vulnerable people in society. Social care providers must be able to effectively vet employees and share concerns to fulfil their legal and safeguarding responsibilities and keep vulnerable people safe.

Following the release of the Sharing Effective References and Conduct Information (Better Hiring toolkit) earlier this year, attend Westminster Insight’s online interactive training to develop your knowledge of safer recruitment.

You will gain the knowledge, confidence and tools you need to carry out robust vetting and pre-employment checks. Understand the latest best practice guidance for gathering references and conduct information. Take away guidance on how to share conduct information with DBS and other organisations when necessary, and give references when employees leave.

You will explore what a ‘safeguarding mindset’ looks like and how to embed a culture of safer employment in your organisation. We will cover the whole process of safeguarding in employment – job applications, interviewing, induction, training, ongoing supervision and managing leavers.

Get practical guidance from the creators of the toolkit and learn how to apply the toolkit in your organisation. Dominic Headley, who was involved in its development, will help you develop a recruitment checklist and a personalised toolkit. Participate in small group discussions and reach solutions to current issues faced in social care.

Course Outcomes

Attendees on this course will:

  • Understand how to use the Better Recruitment Toolkit to improve safer recruitment in your organisation
  • Participate in interactive sessions to explore different methods of secure referencing and vetting
  • Hear best practice for vetting and obtaining effective references and conduct information
  • Take away knowledge and best practice for recording, storing and sharing safeguarding related conduct information
  • Understand your legal safeguarding responsibilities in recruitment
  • Train staff involved in recruitment and vetting to ensure they can apply a safeguarding mindset to employment