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29-11-2017 - Katy Rees - News - 0 comments
Our Continued Commitment to Safeguarding

Our Continued Commitment to Safeguarding

Over the course of this term Smile Education has further reinforced our commitment to making safeguarding our number one priority.

We have obtained “Compliance Plus” accreditation.

Compliance plus is an accreditation created by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). The purpose of APSCo is “to give all firms involved in the recruitment of professional talent that have a commitment to excellence, the specialist support and distinctive voice they need to be successful.”

They created Compliance Plus and launched it at the House of Commons in January 2014 in response to the DfE’s closure of it’s Quality Mark. It is one of two nationally accredited quality standards for education which was developed in consultation with education experts.

The audit to obtain compliance plus is thorough and conducted by an independent specialist who in his own words is looking to “see safeguarding running through the business like a stick of rock” He commented in the report following our very successful audit that It was evident that from the Managing Director, and throughout the organisation, that Smile Education Ltd have a clear commitment to safer recruitment.”

 I was personally honoured to be asked to join the Compliance Plus standards committee as a consequence of impressing the auditor and look forward to having a direct impact on improving the standards which are sometimes sadly lacking in certain organisations in our industry. Profit should never overtake children’s safety and I am excited to have a direct impact on driving this through alongside other likeminded organisations.

 I am qualified to deliver Safer Recruitment training

In November I completed a 2 day train the trainer course by the Safer Recruitment Consortium http://www.saferrecruitmentconsortium.org/ this was challenging so I was very happy to be accredited as a trainer for them. By the end of January all our staff will be Safer Recruitment trained, which will truly add value to our clients and add to their peace of mind when recruiting via Smile. This is in addition to all staff having already completed Safeguarding training and a number who are governors completing a variety of complementary safeguarding courses.

 

 We can offer this course externally if anyone would like training please get in touch.

 

We have delivered another successful safeguarding course

 

Over October half term I delivered a Safeguarding course in Telford to a group of our staff, these included Teaching Assistants, Teachers and even former Head Teachers. With such an experienced group I was overjoyed that they all gave positive feedback and learnt something new! Feedback included:

 

“Thanks Smile for an informative and interesting morning” Martin

“I feel my knowledge is much more up to date to go into new schools” Christine

 Our commitment to safeguarding will always be one of our core values and we remain resolute in ensuring all staff placed by Smile are thoroughly vetted to compliance plus standards. In addition to this we are committed to having the best trained consultants who thoroughly understand safer recruitment and safeguarding.

 

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