Each agency that delivers services in Lambeth to children should adopt a consistent and thorough process of safe recruitment and selection practices in order to ensure that those recruited, staff or volunteers, are suitable. It also applies to persons who may not have direct contact with children, but because of their presence will still be seen as safe and trustworthy.
The vetting procedures include for example
- designated staff should undertake safer recruitment training
- all recruitment adverts should contain a policy statement declaring the organisation's commitment to safeguarding and protecting children
- thorough checks including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if appropriate
- both professional and character references, one of which should be from the current or most recent employer
- interview questions to test the candidate's attitude toward children and young people in general and also their commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
- induction to include an introduction to the organisation's child protection policies and procedures
and more processes which can be found in the London Child Protection Procedures.
Schools and other education settings should refer to the statutory guidance for schools Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Every Local Safeguarding Children Board must have a strategic lead for safer recruitment; in Lambeth this is Carmel Howard (contact details below). This role is responsible for the implementation of safer recruitment standards across the partnership.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
If your organisation is looking for an umbrella organisation in Lambeth for DBS applications, please contact Samantha Barker (Lambeth Council HR) on 020 7296 7126 firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be able to assist.
For more information on DBS, please see their website here.