Safer Recruitment

Safer recruitment means thinking about and including issues to do with the protection of adults and other potentially vulnerable individuals, safeguarding and promoting their welfare, at every stage of the recruitment process.

Suffolk County Council, Adult Services is fully committed to the principles of safer recruitment, ensuring that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the vulnerable are central to recruitment processes.

It starts with the process of planning the recruitment process, where the post is advertised, ensuring that the advertisement makes clear the organisation's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the good practice. Safer recruitment requires a consistent and thorough process of obtaining, collating, analysing, and evaluating information from and about applicants.

Selection processes are based on best practice in selecting the most suitable candidate for the job whilst ensuring equality of opportunity for all applicants, but, excluding or rejecting those who may be unsuitable to work with our service users. We expect candidates to understand their duties and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding as it applies to the post for which they have shown interest.

From November 2010, under the national Vetting and Barring Scheme, it is an offence to offer employment for certain posts involving working with children or vulnerable adults, which are defined as regulated activities, unless candidates have a satisfactory enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check before starting work.

The information contained on this page has been produced by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to assist in decision making and inform the recruitment process:


Making Safeguarding Referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

If you dismiss or remove a person from regulated activity (or may have done so had they not left)' because they have harmed or posed a risk of harm to a child or vulnerable adult, then you have a LEGAL duty to refer the person to the DBS.

The role of the DBS is to make barring decisions about people who are referred to it (usually following an employer's disciplinary process), with the possible consequence of the person being barred from working or volunteering with children and/or vulnerable adults. The DBS uses a fair, thorough and consistent process that ensures that the decision it reaches is both proportionate and appropriate to the risk the person poses to children or vulnerable adults.

On 1 December 2012 the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged to form a new organisation, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The legal duty to make referrals remains, however referrals should now be addressed to the DBS.

The DBS website provides a range of materials to help you to consider or make a referral. This includes a Referral Form, Referral Guidance, FAQs and a series of Fact Sheets.

You may also contact the DBS Helpline on 01325 953795 for information or advice about making a referral.


Return to top