Appointment and Induction

Induction of Staff

All staff appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS check.  This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them.  If any member of staff is found to have a criminal record, the appointment is reconsidered by the school with support and advice from the LADO, HR and the Trust.

Several members of staff and the school’s Local Governing Board have received training on Safer Recruitment and all appointment panels where the candidates are external applicants will be attended by at least one appropriately trained member.

Induction of Volunteers

Westbourne has an extensive volunteer recruitment process which includes application and interview stages.

All volunteers must also have DBS clearance.  For any extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building, a full DBS search will be conducted.  Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstances be left alone with a child or group of children.