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Safer recruitment update for schools and academy trusts

22 February 2021

DBS filtering changes

New rules on DBS filtering came into effect on 28 November 2020 resulting in youth cautions, warnings and reprimands no longer being disclosed automatically on a Standard or Enhanced DBS certificate. You will need to tweak your recruitment and selection processes to reflect these changes.

Regardless of whether or not they were suspended, all other specified offences (as listed here) will always be disclosed in addition to all convictions resulting in a custodial sentence.

Our advice was (and remains) that you should not ask for criminal record disclosures in your application form. Instead, you should question candidates about previous criminal history during interview.

Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

KCSiE

The latest addition of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) has removed the references to European Economic Area sanction checks. This is because the UK is no longer part of the EU and we are therefore no longer able to access this database As a result, the latest KCSiE guidance requires schools and academies to request a letter of professional standing from the professional regulating authority in the country in which the applicant has worked.

Whilst we do not anticipate that this will result in a big change of practice, the new process will be significantly slower than the previous EEA Sanction check, which should be considered when looking at recruitment timeframes.

To ensure that you remain compliant and avoid any unnecessary risk we are pleased to share with you the following complimentary resources:

If you would like further clarity on these changes or would like support with your recruitment processes or practises, please contact our team of dedicated HR Consultants.

Training and events

10Oct

Training for Lead Safeguarding Governors and Trustees Interactive session via Zoom

This course runs over 2 x 90 minute sessions and commences with he first session at 4pm on the 10th October and then the 2nd session at 4pm on the 17th October. This tailored lead safeguarding course is designed specifically for your Lead Safeguarding Governor/Trustee. Building on our course for all governors and trustees, in this course delegates focus on the role of the Lead Safeguarding Governor/Trustee and the relationship with the DSL.

Session one: 4pm to 5.30pm on 10 October 2022 and
Session two: 4pm to 5.30pm on 17 October 2022

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11Oct

Autumn Regional HR Forums - Birmingham Microsoft Teams

We are pleased to invite you to join us at one of our next Regional HR Forum. The forums are aimed at those who lead the HR function in schools and academies across the nation.

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Focus on...

Published articles

Key steps to avoid falling foul of disability discrimination laws

The law around disability discrimination against pupils is not straightforward – but the reputational risk, let alone costs, of falling foul of the law are huge, so it’s worth upskilling staff whenever possible, as these two lawyers outline.

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Employment Law – Harpur Trust v Brazel – Implications for schools webinar

On 20 July 2022, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited judgment in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel, upholding the decision of the Court of Appeal. For those of you familiar with this case, you will know that it concerns the statutory leave requirements for part-time and part-year workers. For schools and academies whose workforce consists of a variety of types of part-time and part-year workers, this case is one that must be understood before any changes are applied. Come and join Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services as she puts questions to Ian Deakin, Employment Partner, and Sarah Linden, Senior Associate.

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Press releases

Leading education lawyers play major role as DfE announces 10,000th academy conversion

The Department for Education (DfE) have announced that the conversion of Donisthorpe Primary School in Leicestershire on 1st September marked the 10,000th academy conversion.

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Guides

How to carry out the KCSiE online checks FAQs

There is (understandably) some confusion about the steps schools and trusts need to take to discharge the new online check duty set out in paragraph 220 of KCSIE. I can’t completely clarify all of it for you, but I can help you find a sensible route through. These FAQs are a good place to start.

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