Influential Child Care Training
Influential Child Care Training

Robust Recruitment

The Robust Recruitment course is for MANAGEMENT AND SENIOR STAFF only, including board members. We regularly offer Robust Recruitment at public training events. Please see the news and upcoming training tab for courses being run at a venue. We do offer it as in house training and can discuss the possibility of personalised distance learning.


This is a very important course to take as the material is complex and this is the area
that people consistently failed in when Debbie worked for Ofsted. The regulations on Robust Recruitment are long and detailed and there are many things that are often missed by providers that lead to the recruitment of better quality and safer staff. 


Course Objectives


The purpose of this course is to enable providers and managers to be able to not only recruit the most suitable and safe staff but also to understand the new regulations in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. There are new and tougher regulations, particularly around disclosures (for existing staff) which is a new requirement but there is less input from Ofsted to do some of the checks. More responsibility is placed on providers. This topic is quite complex and we aim to help you to understand these issues in a simple way, supported with course workbooks, sample forms and handouts that will assist you.


Course Outline


Suitability Checks


This section is aimed at helping you to recruit staff in a manner that meets the regulations and looks at the pitfalls that are easy to fall into. In particular we will look at the gaps in processes now that Ofsted no longer undertake suitability checks or suitable person interviews for managers.


Criminal Record Checks


We will explore how the new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) functions and how this impacts on your setting. We will look at how to store the information and meet the new regulations regarding this and how to provide Ofsted with your assessments.


Interviewing staff


Including new and innovative ways to ensure the right person for the job is appointed. Interviewing techniques and styles are explored. Evidencing the interview to meet equal opportunities and challenges is researched.




In this session you will gain a good understanding of disqualification and how to work with Ofsted to gain waivers where necessary. The new regulations have become very detailed and researching the topic is not very easy. A commonly held view is that only persons who have been convicted of child abuse are disqualified. This is not the case and to ensure you are not committing the offence of employing a disqualified person this is a key topic. This section also includes a brief overview of police cautions as legislation came into force that now means some people are now disqualified from working with children who were not previously.


Declarations and Disclosures


An opportunity to understand the new requirements set in the Statutory Framework for providers and how to develop appropriate forms. We will consider who should assess the information and where necessary, how to interview staff and record the information.


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