NSPCC calls for new vetting style based on personal values

The NSPCC wants a new interviewing style to be used to vet anyone who applies to work around children, not just those in the education sector as the Bichard report recommends.

Kerry Cleary, the charity's human resources safeguarding manager, said the recommendations stemming from the investigation into how Ian Huntley was able to hide his previous behaviour do not go far enough.

Bichard recommends that every recruitment board in education has a 'safeguarding' interviewer on it. But the NSPCC says such a person should be involved in recruiting all employees that will work close to children.

It also wants this interviewer to be trained in "values-based questioning", requiring candidates to explain in depth how they have dealt with scenarios in the past.

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