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Safeguarding is an important part of recruitment. Use our interview questions related to safeguarding when interviewing prospective staff to help you get this right. For each question, there are also positive and negative indicators for responses.

This article was written to support interviewers with writing questions, and is not intended to help interviewees prepare for an interview.

Questions and indicators

We asked one of our associate education experts, Sarah Searle-Barnes, to suggest some interview questions on safeguarding, with positive and negative indicators for each. We outline her suggestions, and the indicators, below.

The questions are suitable for a range of roles in the school, although the fourth question is more suitable for a leadership role.

You should adapt interview questions and expectations of answers to suit the role being interviewed for.

Positive indicators Negative indicators Focus on working with school and children Clear reasons for motivation to work in education and in particular the school Evidence of pre-interview research on the school Lack of clarity about the fulfilment of working in education or moral purpose for doing so Lack of clarity about reasons for wanting

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