Safeguarding Children Policy: Safer Recruitment
Training in Safeguarding Under 18s
It is the ultimate responsibility of the Safeguarding Manager to ensure all managers are aware of the training requirements of their staff and ensure it is undertaken.
It is compulsory for all staff members to take the E-Learning Introductory Safeguarding Training before commencing employment. They will also receive a copy of the safeguarding policy on commencement of employment. Academic Directors and Directors of Studies are responsible for ensuring prospective candidates have access to the course and have completed it before commencing employment.
All staff members are expected to attend a refresher course every 3 years. Oxford School of English has two staff members who have attended Specialist Safeguarding Training level 3, one of whom is the Welfare Officer. It is the aim of Oxford School of English for all managers to be trained to level 3.
If staff members have any questions or worries about the Safeguarding Policy they can speak to the Welfare Officer or either of the two other staff members with Specialist training.
Oxford School of English are committed to ensuring that all staff we employ and all agencies we work with are committed to working in the best interests of the under 18s and are the most suitable person for the role. All staff are thoroughly vetted before commencing employment and proof of ID and qualifications is required, as are appropriate references and criminal background checks.
All prospective applicants will first be informed by email that we take safeguarding very seriously and they are be advised that:
- References will be required and followed up. Referees will also be asked whether there is any reason that they should not be engaged in situations where they have responsibility for, or substantial access to persons under 18.
- All gaps in their CV will need to be explained satisfactorily.
- Proof of identity and proof of qualifications will be required.
- A full suitability check of criminal records must be provided before they commence employment. We can undertake DBS checks in the UK on their behalf but they will be responsible for the cost. Where they have been working outside the UK, they will need to provide a police certificate of good conduct from the most recent country in which they are or were residing.
All prospective candidates will be interviewed by at least one, but ideally by two managers. During the interview, reference will be made to our safeguarding policy and the candidate will again be informed of what is required regarding clear CVs, UK DBS check and police certificates of good conduct.
At least two references will be taken up for each candidate, prior to appointment, one of which should be from their most recent employer. The reference will specifically ask if there is any reason why the candidate should not be considered for the teaching of under 18s. References will be requested by email. Where a teacher provides a pre-written reference, the referee will be contacted and authenticity validated as a matter of course.
All candidates will be required to undergo the online level 1 training 'An introduction to safeguarding children' as offered by Oxford City Council on their website.
All staff are required to sign that they have read and accepted our Safeguarding Policies, which they receive in their induction and a Safeguarding Training certificate provided by Oxford City Council will have to be provided before acceptance of employment.
If an international police certificate cannot be provided
If a police certificate of good conduct cannot be supplied because the country visited has refused to provide one or the candidate is having difficulty obtaining one, or in the case of more complex or lengthy CVs where more than one country has been visited, the need for a police certificate of good conduct will be judged on a case by case basis. The decision will consider, but not be limited to:
- the reason for the lack of a police certificate
- the length of time spent abroad
- the number of countries worked in and over what period of time
- the age and past experience of the candidate
- their ability to provide a clear, up-to-date UK DBS
- more than two professional and verifiable references
- validated identification and qualifications
- validated and checked employment history
The decision to employ a candidate without a police check will be recorded in their file and the reasons for employing them stated and signed off by the Welfare officer or suitable level 3 trained manager.
Policy in relation to a DBS or police check not arriving by a candidates start date
If a candidate is due to start employment but the appropriate checks have not arrived or been cleared, it is the school's policy to postpone their start date unless there are exceptional and justifiable circumstances. They will only be allowed to start work if it is unavoidable. If this is to occur, the decision and the reasons for it will be recorded and signed off by the Welfare Officer or an appropriate Level 3 trained officer.
The decision will consider:
- Can anyone else perform this role?
- Is there another candidate of equal ability who can provide up-to-date clearance?
- When is the clearance or report expected to arrive?
- Can the start date be postponed?
- What are the possible impacts on the business?
- What are the consequences of the candidate starting without a complete dbs check/certificate?
- Will they have access to under 18s and if so, how often and in what capacity?
- Can they be supervised when with under 18s or will they be alone?
- What other checks can we perform e.g. further references etc
In the case of a criminal record
If a DBS comes back with an offence disclosed, the offence will be discussed with the candidate and their response sought. The decision will be made by a suitably trained manager and follow our rehabilitation of offenders policy and equal opportunities policy.
A decision will be made based on, but not limited to:
- The nature of the offence and its seriousness
- The nature of the appointment applied for and the level of supervised or unsupervised access to children
- The age of offences
- The frequency of offences
Recruiting Homestay hosts
The main homestay host and all the adults (18+) living in the house must have an enhanced DBS certificate that covers working with children. It must be less than 3 years old and be processed by Oxford School of English. This can be applied for and in some cases be paid for by the school, but hosts are responsible for registering for the update service. The main homestay host (DBS holder) must stay at the house for the duration of the student's stay if the student is under 18 years of age.
Group leaders and agencies
We have formal agreements with our agents that they ensure suitability checks have been carried out on all adults accompanying students under the age of 18. We advise our agents to request police certificates of good conduct and to obtain parental consent for all under 18 travelling to the UK.
Further to this, group leaders are asked to sign a declaration that they are suitable to work with under 18s, will abide by all our policies and adhere to our Welfare and Safeguarding policies.
This policy is reviewed on an annual basis. However, if any issues relating to the policy should arise, the policy will be reviewed immediately.
Date of next scheduled review: