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Safer recruitment practice: audit of exisiting recruitment practices in residential child care

Kay, H. and Davidson, J.C. and Kendrick, A. (2005) Safer recruitment practice: audit of exisiting recruitment practices in residential child care. Working paper. Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care.

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In the wake of a number of high profile cases of the abuse of children and young people in residential child care, there have been repeated calls for the improvement of recruitment and selection of residential child care staff. Following the Children’s Safeguards Review the Scottish Executive funded the Scottish Recruitment and Selection Consortium to contribute to the safefguards for children by developing a toolkit for safer selection of staff. The toolkit was published in 2001. In 2004 the Scottish executive commisioned research form Residential Child Care (SIRCC) to identify current recruitment practices in residentialchild care for staff who have unsupervised contact with children and young people and to gauge opinion on how safer recruitment should be taken forward . A postal survey of operational and human resource managers responsible for the recruitment of residential childcare staff in local authority and voluntary organisationswas undertaken between January and April 2005. A sample of those respondents was invited to participate in semi-structured exploratory interviews, focusing in more detail on current practice and participants’ views on the implementation of the recommendations of the Toolkit.