All organisations and individuals who work with vulnerable adults, or are involved in providing services for them have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare. The purpose of these guidelines is to help prevent organisations appointing people who may pose an unacceptable risk to vulnerable adults. Safer recruitment guidance applies to everyone in a role employed (paid or volunteer) within an organisation working with vulnerable adults. Regardless of the size or nature of the organisation, a consistently applied and robust process is always needed to ensure safer levels of recruitment.
This guidance aims to provide a process that will ensure that recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers is fair, consistent and safe for your organisation, employees and service users.