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Vetting & Safeguarding

Link Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and candidates on its register to share this commitment and to be fully aware of the importance of child protection.

Link Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and candidates on its register to share this commitment and to be fully aware of the importance of child protection. 

Link Education strictly adheres to the specific recruitment and vetting checks which must be made on all people who wish to work with children and young persons. These requirements, outlined in the DfE document: Keeping Children Safe in Education have statutory force and are clearly incorporated into Link Education's policy. Detailed information of all checks are recorded and held on our database.

We complete the following Vetting Procedures:

  • A face to face interview - with ever applicate held at one of our offices.
  • Identification check - passport, national ID card, photo driving licence, 
  • Date of birth check - against a passport, national ID card or photo driving licence.
  • Proof of address - recent utility bill.
  • Qualifications verified - sight of originals or verification with the issuing institution.
  • Two independent professional references - All candidates must be able to supply a reference from their most recent employer and also a school based reference (for a minimum of 2 years previous employment history). Where a teacher is newly qualified references will be requested from the university and their teaching practice schools. 
  • Right to work - passports are checked for the right to work in the UK.
  • CV check - CVs must be complete and any gaps must be accounted for.
  • Criminal records check (UK and overseas if applicable) - all candidates must complete an Enhanced DBS and all candidates from overseas, or teachers who have taught overseas, must have a current police clearance from the relevant country.
  • Barred List Search check - as part of the recruitment process and then annually.
  • Disqualification Declaration - as part of the recruitment process and then annually.
  • DfE number (or overseas equivalent if applicable) - for qualified teachers. Although GTCE registration is no longer applicable for teachers, Link Education requires documentary evidence of QTS or QTLS where applicable. Link Education uses the new employer access service provided by the NCTL and the IfL in order to carry out full teacher status checks including a prohibition order check.
  • Medical fitness to teach - completed for all teachers and support staff.
  • ID Card - Once all vetting has been completed a Link Education ID Card will be issued.
  • Vetting Email - A Photo ID vetting email is sent to schools prior to an assignment outlining all of the above for the Single Central Record

During the registration process all candidates are fully interviewed to ensure suitability to work with children and young people.

In line with revised guidance published by the DfE on Safeguarding Children in Education, Link Education email vetting confirmation for each booking including a photograph of the candidate so you can confirm the identity of the person who arrives against their original photo ID.

Please take a look at Link Education's Safeguarding Policy for more information.

I just wanted to write this letter to say thank you for giving me the confidence and opportunity to go back into teaching. Having not activley taught for four years after taking maternity leave I wasn't sure if I would be confident enough to go back especially with the introdution of the new primary frameworks and interactive whiteboards. However,the schools you placed me with were really supportive and the encouragement you gave soon got my confidence back and after the first few assignments I felt like I had never been away. I have enjoyed all of my assignments.I really appreciated the time you took to listen about the age range I wanted to work with,that I only wanted to start by doing two days a week and that I did not want to travel too far from home. I would most definitely recommend working for Link Education not only because as employers I thought you were very professional and friendly,but also for schools looking to employ agency staff I think you would do the utmost to ensure you had the most suitable person available.

Link Education Teacher, Essex
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