Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) – online recruitment checks
The Keeping Children safe in Education statutory guidance is regularly updated, with a reference to conducting online searches of applicants contained in the latest iteration, due to come into force from September 2022.
On page 51, when detailing the process around shortlisted candidates, the new guidance says:
220. In addition, as part of the shortlisting process schools and colleges should consider carrying out an online search as part of their due diligence on the shortlisted candidates. This may help identify any incidents or issues that have happened, and are publicly available online, which the school or college might want to explore with the applicant at interview.
Please see attached information from Local Government Association.