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Information and guidance on best practice for a safer working environment within schools and educational settings.

Information in this section will help schools and educational settings with the information that is required and will help you think about how you adopt, review and revise policies, procedures and guidance to ensure the best practice.

It's vital that a culture of safe recruitment involves creating and sustaining a safer working environment. This has become a critical issue in all schools and settings where staff are in contact with children and vulnerable young adults. Processes should exist to protect children and vulnerable young adults and must include all those professionals working in those settings. You must demonstrate how you are working safely, openly and with transparency. All those when in contact with children should be seen to be acting as outstanding role models.

We have provided guidance’s and model policies to support this work, located on this page, and as part of our ongoing work in keeping children safe in education, we have developed an updated Acceptable Use of IT, Internet & Electronic Communication Policy. This now includes useful guidance on staff using electronic communication in work and outside of work. In addition to this, included is guidance when parents, carers and the public are using social media to complain, and or cause disrepute to the school/setting or employee.

Please also see our Human Resources pages for further information.

Training on Safer Recruitment can be found on Services 4 Schools Training pages and also at NSPCC online Training.

There is also a number of useful additional links you can refer to with regards to:

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