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HR Connect provides a range of training and development services including a programme of courses and webinars.

Safer Recruitment Article

Safer Recruitment Training Courses

Compliant safer recruitment practice is an essential component of safeguarding children and young people. Safe recruitment helps to ensure that the people you hire to work in your educational setting are suitable for the role and most importantly safe to work with children.

Our Safer Recruitment in Education Course is led by our safeguarding and HR experts who are accredited by the Lucy Faithful Foundation, backed by the Safer Recruitment Consortium and provides you with the knowledge to ensure procedures are in place to recruit people who share your commitment to safeguarding children.

You will look at practical measures which enable organisations to deter, reject and prevent unsuitable candidates from working with children. It also covers ongoing employment, how to develop a culture of safe practice; and how to respond positively and swiftly to any causes for concern.

The course is delivered remotely via Zoom and is tailored to cover all content required under Part Three of Keeping Children Safe in Education.

We also offer Bespoke Safer Recruitment Awareness Sessions, providing an introduction to safer recruitment practice for governing bodies and school leaders.

Safer Recruitment Course

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Ill Health and Absence Management Training Courses

Aimed at Senior Leaders and Line Managers, this course includes an overview of short term and long term absence processes, the importance of Return to Work meetings, referrals to Occupational Health and when to progress to formal stages.

This course has been designed to engage managers in the importance of understanding managing absence in the workplace, and equip them with the skills and confidence to do so.

What’s covered?

  • The role of the line manager in managing absence
  • Understanding the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 including reasonable adjustments
  • Recognise factors that affect employee attendance
  • Demonstrate how to manage meetings under the policy
  • Importance of record keeping and having open communication.
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Performance Management and Capability Training Courses

Tailored to Senior Leaders and Line Managers, this course provides managers with the knowledge and techniques to manage under performance in their teams with confidence.

What’s covered?

  • Understand the importance of timely performance management for all employees
  • Recognise when a support plan is required to manage an employee’s performance that is robust, fair, clear and effective
  • Understand the difference between conduct and capability
  • Importance of record keeping and having difficult conversations early.
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Safeguarding / Conduct concerns - Allegations Management and Disciplinary Training Courses

Designed for Senior Leaders and Line managers, this course gives you a clear understanding of your role and responsibilities, increase your knowledge and confidence to effectively manage allegations against employees in the Education workforce

What’s covered?

  • Provide advice and guidance on managing safeguarding concerns and when to refer to LADO
  • Managing the conduct of employees through the Safeguarding Management Allegation pathway and Disciplinary procedure
  • Consideration and understanding of the differing thresholds
  • Legal requirements regarding the duty to refer to professional bodies
  • Recognise your role and the roles of other professionals in managing allegations effectively.


Our Advisory team pride ourselves in knowing our customer needs and work with you to design and deliver cost-effective bespoke training solutions.
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"For a number of years I've wanted to bring our expertise to HR and educational professionals in many different ways and be able to communicate with you.

I find the best way is to talk to people so throughout this series, we're going to be talking about topical issues with special guests. So, wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, I hope you enjoy listening!"

- Lirette Mill, Head of HR Advisory, HR Connect


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Over the past 16 years I have experienced varying levels of service from many different payroll and HR providers. HR Connect is by far the very best! Their professionalism and outstanding customer service put them head and shoulders above the rest. Dan Baker, CFO, Cygnus Academies Trust
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