Safe recruitment and HR processes

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Leaders actively champion and model safer recruitment processes.

Discuss the behaviour

Consider how the behaviour relates to your working environment and your interactions with colleagues and others outside the organisation. Pose your own questions where relevant and make notes on your discussion.

Questions for you to consider

  • How do you know that you are following good safeguarding practice in your recruitment processes?

  • How do you know that all recruitment processes for senior positions are transparent and adhere to the same safer recruitment processes as those for more junior roles?

  • How do you monitor and evaluate the extent to which safeguarding processes are applied consistently and effectively to recruitment?

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What actions would you implement to make a change?

Using what you discussed, decide what actions you plan to take as an organisation. Note down who is accountable for ensuring these are implemented and when you aim to achieve them. Note that the "Actions for leaders" are a starting point, not an exhaustive list. You can add specific actions that are relevant to your organisation.

Glossary of terms used

Misconduct Disclosure Scheme

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Safeguarding is about all the preventative and responsive measures we take to ensure we do no harm to anyone in our organisation and anyone we come into contact with as part of our work. This tool was developed with tackling sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH) in mind, but is applicable beyond that.You can find a more comprehensive definition on the Bond website