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Safeguarding children

Safeguarding children

The safety of the students in our candidates’ care is our No.1 priority – which is why we invest so much time and so many resources in making sure we not only satisfy our legal requirement, but we go much further when vetting, recruiting and placing teachers and support staff.

We react quickly to change
We have a national compliance manager with unparalleled knowledge of safeguarding, who makes sure we’re always up-to-date with the ever-changing regulations and helps us respond quickly and effectively when we need to.

Specialist in every office
We also have a dedicated and highly-trained compliance administrator in every office who makes sure we deliver on our safeguarding promise at every turn.

Thorough auditing
We’re REC Audited, which recognises our high standards in recruitment and vetting and doing things the right way. Which for us is the only way. We passed their strict criteria with ease first time, and have successfully been re-audited since.

But we don’t wait for external audits to check we’re still maintaining standards – we audit each office once a term, and make improvements wherever we can.

We’re happy to share our expertise
We have such a wealth of experience and knowledge, many of our schools use us a source of information to ensure they’re doing things by the book in certain situations.

Our safeguarding procedures
At every stage of our candidate selection process, the safety and welfare of children is always high on the agenda. We conduct rigorous pre-screening and pre-registration checks for every single applicant, including a thorough face-to-face interview to ensure that we place the right applicant in the right role.

Our compliance process requires that all candidates must be verified and checked in line with the Department for Education’s (DfE) statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment – Keeping children safe in education September 2016.

Plus, we will always provide written confirmation that the following checks have been carried out.

  • Photographic identity check
  • A Barred list check
  • An enhanced DBS check
  • Prohibition from teaching check
  • Section 128 check
  • Further checks on candidates who have lived or worked outside of the UK including recording checks for EEA teacher sanctions and restrictions
  • A check of professional qualifications
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Childcare disqualification screening question

We’ll also check:

  • A minimum of two written references covering 12 months’ recent work/education history
  • A full comprehensive CV with no employment or education gaps
  • Proof of National Insurance and residency verification
  • Details of any name changes and sight of original documents of marriage, divorce and deed poll documents
  • Verification of qualifications, including; induction certificate, QTS certificate, relevant teaching and education certificates
  • Verification of right to work in the UK for overseas teacher including BRP checks via the home office, visa documentation and overseas document

We continually check the compliance of candidates who are registered and are working for us to ensure safeguarding is kept to the highest standard possible.

The gold standard for recruitment
In June 2013 we were the first national recruitment agency to receive the REC Audited Education Award further proving our commitment to compliance and best practice when vetting candidates. We’re proud to say we’ve retained this award ever since as our policies and procedures only get better and more thorough.

If you’d like to know more about our safeguarding policies and procedures, or want to pick our brain about something specific, please get in touch.

PK Education are one of the first education agencies to be awarded REC Audited Education Status; part of this is in recognition of their high safeguarding standards.

Angie Nicholls

Head of Compliance and Customer Services

Recruitment and Employment Confederation