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Check your procedures for obtaining reliable references meet the expectations set out in the statutory safeguarding guidance, KCSIE. Download our template reference request form and get advice on how long to retain copies of references for.

Check your referencing procedures meet KCSIE expectations 

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) sets out expectations for your reference request process. The points below are based on the guidance outlined in paragraphs 196, 203 and 204 of the statutory safeguarding guidance.

2. Contact referees  Do:  Obtain a reference from the candidate’s current employer (or, if they're not currently employed, from their most recent place of employment) Obtain a reference from the employer where the candidate last worked with children (if not currently working with

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