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Safer Recruitment Policy
The safe recruitment of staff in schools is the first step to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children in education. Axcis Education is a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and holds the DFE Quality Mark. We adhere to all DFE policies.
Safer Recruitment Policy
Axcis is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is recognised that this can only be achieved through sound procedures, ongoing training, reviewing and updating of systems and the recruitment and retention of competent, motivated employees who are suited to, and fulfilled in the roles they undertake. We recognise the value of, and seek to achieve a diverse workforce which includes people from different backgrounds with different skills and abilities. Axcis is committed to ensuring that the recruitment and selection of all candidates is conducted in a manner that is systematic, efficient, effective and promotes equality of opportunity. We will uphold our obligations under law and national collective agreements to not discriminate against applicants for employment on the grounds of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or creed. This document complies with the principles set down in our Equal Opportunities, Recruitment and Retention, Child Protection Policies and our Complaints Procedure, all of which are available on request.
All applicants are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all will be required to declare spent and unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs, and have an Enhanced Criminal Records Disclosure. We are committed to ensuring people who have been convicted are treated fairly and given every opportunity to establish their suitability for positions. Having a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position. Client schools are fully informed before making any decision about a candidate.
Axcis Education will ensure that appropriate staff who undertake recruitment have received safer recruitment training (CWDC online training completed by all Consultants); implement robust recruitment procedures and checks for appointing staff and volunteers to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken not to appoint a person who is unsuitable to work with children, or who is disqualified from working with children, or does not have the suitable skills and experience for the intended role. We keep and maintain a single central record of recruitment and vetting checks in line with DCSF requirements and can provide copies of this Safer Recruitment and all other relevant policy document on request.
The following employment documents will be seen and checks will be undertaken as part of a face to face interview. Only original or certified documents are acceptable.
- An up to date CV and application form, and candidates to account for any gaps or discrepancies in employment history. Applicants are made aware that providing false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected or summary dismissal if the applicant has been selected, and possible referral to the police and other professional regulatory bodies (eg: General Teaching Council for England)
- Receipt of at least two satisfactory references, one of which will be from the former or most recent employer. A minimum of 2 years’ employment will be covered and all referees must have held a post senior to the candidate and seen the candidate working with children or young people. Any original testimonial must be checked and verbal references followed up by written.
- Verification of the candidate’s identity in line with the requirements of The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006
- Passport/visa status and dates and any official Home Office letter as required
- Workers’ Registration scheme as required
- 2 forms of both photo and address ID are required
- A List 99 check on current and any previous names (eg maiden names) and marriage or change of name documentation as required
- A satisfactory up to date CRB clearance through Axcis Education, or another source plus portability (for full details see CRB policy)
- Overseas candidates or anyone who has worked overseas in the last 2 years must also provide an Overseas Police Check
- Verification of the candidate’s medical fitness
- Verification of professional registration as required by law for teachers
- Verification of successful completion of induction period (for those who obtained QTS after 7 May 1999)
- Candidate vetting is regularly updated and all information is scanned and kept on file
- Candidates are telephone vetted and informed of all of the above on invitation to a face-to-face interview by a trained interviewer. Notes are kept of the interview and any queries followed up. A profile is written and details added to database. Induction includes: This candidate has been fully interviewed face-to-face, by a trained member of the Axcis team. They have been fully inducted into our working procedures and been given guidance on the following topics: Child Protection, Safer Recruitment, Equal Opportunities, Our TOE for both PAYE and LCC, Payroll and timesheets and remuneration, Holiday Pay, Reporting of Sickness or Absence, Expected conduct on AXCIS assignments, termination by any party, Use of free facilities (Internet, Photocopiers and other office machinery) within AXCIS offices for lesson planning, Introduction to the National Curriculum of England and Wales.
Any gaps of employment within their work history have been discussed at length.
- Verification of qualifications, including a NARIC comparison as required
- All files go through a 2 tier checking process before a candidate is cleared for work.
Vetting Documentation: is sent to client schools when any candidate is placed or prior to placement if there are any areas open to the discretion of the client. An example of the Vetting Document is available on request.