Safer Recruitment Training


Accredited Safer Recruitment Training Delivered Online

6th and 7th October 2021, online via Zoom

This virtual live training will be hosted by Anne-Louise Pemberton, ALP, Specialist Zoom Trainer and trusted Associate Partner to CR&A. Anne-Louise is a, Senior Consultant for The Safer Recruitment Consortium, The Lucy Faithful Foundation and The Independent Schools Bursars Association

The course will be interactive, with plenty of opportunities for delegates to share good practice and ask any questions.

We're delivering the course over two sessions (three hours per on 9th June and three hours on 10th June).

All delegates will receive The Accredited Safer Recruitment certificate on completion (attendance on both sessions).

(NB. Although primarily addressed to Schools, this course will address high standards in Safer Recruitment and Selection Practice for all Education and Care Services).

How do you stop somebody dangerous person getting into your school?

People are prevented from working with children in schools on a weekly basis. Often these stories don’t make the headlines.

Dangerous people aren’t just those that commit sexual offences towards children. They could be anyone that is mentally or emotionally unstable. They are unfit to look after children or anyone that is vulnerable.

What keeps children safe in schools are managers and supervisors knowing what to look for and doing the right thing at the right time. That’s what Safer Recruitment training is for.

Some recruiters aren’t aware of the policy and practices that are available to help.

The Children Act 2004, Section 11 Regulations, The Care Act 2014 and the “Keeping Children Safe in Education” guidance (published in 2015 and updated in Sept 2019) for schools and colleges outline the expectations. These includes the requirement that all interviewing panels must have at least one member who has successfully completed some Safer Recruitment training.

Discover how to recruit safely.

Join Anne-Louise Pemberton, a Safer Recruitment Consortium approved trainer, for this essential training.

What you'll learn...

Understand the Problem
You'll leave the training session with a greater awareness about how high the risk can be within your organisation. We'll share data around how many teachers are being prosecuted and for what sorts of things. And what we know about child sex offenders.

Discover the Key Features to Recruiting Safely
You'll discover how a school should set itself up in order to recruit safely. What activities you should be doing or thinking about before the candidates are even in your schools.

How to Handle the Interview
What can we be doing during the interview? We'll show you how you can improve your interview skills, ask the right questions and identify unsuitable candidates.

Develop an Ongoing Culture of Vigilance
How effective is your school on a day-to-day basis in handling difficult situations? We'll look at why people avoid tackling difficult situations. We'll look at what is bad management.


6th and 7th October 2021

9.30 am – 1 pm each day

Location: Online via Zoom


Seven hours of safer recruitment training from the safety of your home or office.

£170 + VAT

This training is led by Anne-Louise Pemberton of ALP training and development.


What our delegates have said about our in-person training...

"All of the course was so beneficial! Such clear and well delivered content. The walking through [the] documents and scenarios was really helpful."
E. Wilson
Head of Centre / Ann Tayler Children's Centre
I have a greater understanding of how to treat matters with sensitivity and empathy.
M. Dabo
Kingsdale, Southwark
My practice has been put to the test and I have expanded my knowledge 100% surrounding safeguarding. I feel that I am now confident with understanding the steps to take. It [DSL training] has been a thoroughly engaging experience and I look forward to continuing my development.
E. Ferguson
Kingsdale, Southwark
The training was a masterpiece, could you kindly pass my thanks to Catherine and Dimitrios, they are knowledgeable and excellent facilitators, I thoroughly enjoyed the training which helped me fill in some gaps in my knowledge.
Benson Chinenzura
Student Services Manager Careers Lead at West London College
"The course was very good. And thorough. John Guest was very knowledgeable. He gave historical context to legislative changes. The pace was good. There was a lot to take in as it was one-day condensed from two days. Would definitely recommend the training."
Hilary Wyatt
Head teacher / Durston House School, Ealing
"I found it [the course] a big plus. It got to the nitty-gritty. Both presenters, John Guest and Catherine Rushforth, were very knowledgeable and were a good mix. They passed the ball between one another well. The course helped me get completely up to date. We would like to use you again."
Jacky Pike
Head teacher / Worsley Bridge Primary School, Bromley
"The training was really good. I really enjoyed the day. The trainer made safeguarding easy to understand. The material was relevant. The content was up to date and included the [recent] changes to Working Together, with opportunities to participate and discuss. John Guest and Catherine Rushforth instil passion in the attendees. It was definitely worth my while, and I benefited from the course."
Karen Bridges
Lead Manager / Hillyfields Nursery, Lewisham
"This was my first DSL safeguarding course, as I will be the Deputy DSL from next September. I think doing a 2-day course really helped as there was a lot of material, and there was plenty to time for discussion and for questions. I thought it was good that there was a diverse range of experience with safeguarding in the room and doing small group work and changing groups helped us learn off each other. The trainers did a good job in handling some very serious material. They answered all the questions that were asked of them, and spent their lunch time with us too which meant that we could discuss issues informally."
Lizzie Lyons
Deputy Designated Lead Person / Brighton and Hove High School
"Big thanks to John and Catherine. A hugely difficult and complex subject illuminated with clarity, intelligence and thank goodness some humour too... p.s. the food was also lovely!"
Ian Pressland
London Chamber Orchestra
"Catherine and John provided a detailed, informative and engaging course in a positive and stimulating manner."
Robbie Devlin
Deputy Head teacher/SENCO / Alexandra Infant School
"The course was excellent. John Guest [the trainer] is very knowledgeable. He included relevant anecdotes. These examples made it very real. My colleague left feeling far more confident in how to deal with these issues. I was most impressed and we will be using you again."
Peter Harris
Head teacher / Ewell Castle School, Surrey
"This was my first time as a DSL. I was a bit nervous about the responsibility of it. I felt much clearer by the end of the course in my ability to assess and take action. I felt quite confident that the judgements I was making in the exercises were the right ones."
Michelle Germain
Designated Lead Person / Ravens Wood School, Bromley
"Very concise, clear delivery - enjoyed the non-dramatic approach, no scaremongering stories. Very professional and thought provoking"
Ann Bernadt
Nursery Teacher / Nell Gwynn Nursery School
I feel that the different strands of learning and experience I have are more consolidated. I feel more able to challenge and less afraid of doing so. I’ve noticed the things I was worrying about were justified and I feel more equipped to deal with them. I’m collaborating more. I’m sharing and wondering more. I feel more competent. I feel more able to step into my authority and be an integral part of a team around the child, rather than a nice addition as a therapist. I’m hopeful that YF [Young Futures] will continue to progress towards a robust model that not only safeguards young people and their babies but anchors staff and helps them to feel safe too. I feel like safeguarding is an ongoing ever-evolving process that is fallible as it involves humans, and humans are prone to skew and drift and over-identify and the rest. As long as we communicate and share and collaborate and think together, however, we should be ok. I’ve learnt to be kind to myself and others, every story is connected, for where are we without professional love in this work? Relationships are at the ❤️ of everything.
Kelly Jordan
Lead Dramatherapist, Young Futures
I have lost count of the really poor, unrelatable training I have attended over the years and the thought of 2 days DSL training did not at first fill me with inspiration, but your approach, the course and the other delegates made for as really enjoyable few days. I felt as though I learned a great amount, met some good folks and was taught in an inclusive fashion, rather than being talked to, or at!
Jamie Purser
Lewisham College
"Catherine and John really do know what they are talking about. I felt inspired by that and it made me feel confident. I learnt a lot. We will use you again and again. I would definitely recommend these courses to others."
Elena Salazar
Family Support Worker / 1st Place Nursery, Southwark
"I thought that Catherine and John were a really good team. They complemented one another with their stories and their experience. They gave positive outcomes. I valued that they are experienced practitioners and had experience of our local authority. I would absolutely recommend CR&A courses."
Michelle Germain
Designated Lead Person / Ravens Wood School, Bromley
"[The training] made me rethink my professional role as well as my personal role as a parent. I will be doing lots of followup with the team to ensure all staff are trained appropriately and have the confidence to do something."
Tracy RT
Assistant Principal