Safeguarding – what we do



We ensure that all background, vetting and DBS checks are completed for every candidate that works with us. In addition, we obtain right to work documents and always meet teachers face-to-face






REC ensures basic statutory compliance and higher ethical standards in education recruitment. To join REC, agencies must pass a compliance test on entry and then pass again every two years to retain membership. This is in addition to complying with the REC Code of Professional Practice. before making them available for schools to hire. All candidates are required to read and adhere to the Keeping Children Safe in Education DfE guidelines





The DfE and CCS’ commercial agreement for the provision of supply teachers aims to provide greater transparency of costs to support control of supply teacher spend, introduce model terms and conditions, and establish a consistent approach to safeguarding and compliance across the sector.

We are proud to be named as a provider on the supply teachers deal.




Our candidates

Once Educate Staffing has sought confirmation from our expert panel, we proceed with the recruitment process which includes;

  • Face-to-face or video interviews. A sixty-minute consultation is conducted to gain an understanding of the candidate’s suitability to work in schools. This includes a skills test and safeguarding questionnaire. Only 73% of candidates pass this stage.
  • Qualification and NCTL checks (where applicable) ensuring any overseas qualifications meet the UK equivalent standards.
  • Two years of references as a minimum. All referees are contacted to ensure the authenticity of the referee details provided.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) on the update service
  • Other criminal background checks from overseas if appropriate
  • Protection of children act list (POCAL and POVA) checks.
  • Full identity details including current and former names, date of birth, present proof of address and National Insurance Number. We check all original documents and take copies for our records.
  • Eligibility to work confirmation. We sight and copy passport and visa (if applicable) and follow the prevention of illegal working protocol as set out by the UK border and immigration agency.
  • Fitness to work and occupational health clearance.
  • A full history in chronological order since leaving secondary education.



Educate Staffing is committed to safeguarding and promoting children and young people's welfare and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Candidates omit to a rigorous recruitment process with Educate Staffing which serves to reduce the risk to schools when employing staff to work with children. When there is concern about an agency worker's conduct, we adhere to the Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education guidelines. Still, some other policies we refer to when an incident arises, or an allegation is made.

Every complaint made is followed up and assessed to identify whether this is deemed a safeguarding issue. We ensure we work in accordance with the London Child Protection Procedures. Detailed guidance on the procedures followed can be found in Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (September 2021).



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