School Safe Guarding: Always Flourishing Process and Policy for Schools
Always Flourishing as an education recruitment agency pride ourselves on having the most stringent vetting standards for schools in the education staffing industry. As well as being a current member of the REC (The Recruitment & Employment Confederation), we also work in line with revised guidance published by the DfE on Safeguarding Children in Education. All candidates registered with Always Flourishing exceed the regulatory standards set by the DfE.
Our school vetting and safeguarding checks include the following:
- In-depth, competency-based face-to-face interview with a safeguarding trained Consultant
- Current enhanced (DBS) Disclosure Barring Service Check
- ID Check (Proof of address, identity, NI, qualifications, right to work)
- A minimum of two satisfactory references
- Qualifications, QTS, NCTL status and induction check (where relevant)
- Disqualification declaration complete
- Overseas criminal records check (where appropriate)
- Child protection trained candidates*
- Previous employment history
Schools are required to keep a single central record of checks carried out on staff including confirmation of the checks carried out by Always Flourishing in relation to supplied staff.
Once candidates are deployed to your school our vetting conformation system enables you to keep all relevant vetting information in one place.
*Child Protection Trained Candidates
As part of the registration process Always Flourishing require each candidate too complete and pass an online child protection assessment. Always Flourishing also offers all registered and active candidates the choice to take part in an NSPCC accredited safeguarding course. We ensure all Always Flourishing candidates are kept up to date with any child protection and safeguarding changes that occur.
In line with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998, personal data should only be collected where there are legitimate grounds for collecting and using it and where processing is 'adequate, relevant and not excessive'. Care should be taken to ensure that only information that is necessary to carry out disqualification checks is collected.