Child Safeguarding Rules Force Recruiters to Check All Candidates’ Compliance
Guidance around working with young children has seen recruiters change how they recruit and screen candidates, in some cases going through thousands of people on their books to check compliance. The Department for Education published guidance announcing ‘disqualification by association’ late last year and updated in February this year. This effectively bars people from working with children under the age of eight if they live or work in the same household as someone who is disqualified from working with young children. Lauren Thompson, Classpeople’s compliance officer, said the disqualification by association requirement relies on self-disclosure, which means recruiters must ask candidates to provide information about someone who lives or works in their household.