For many of our practitioners, it is very important to be in constant employment (although some might take a break in between placements to have a little holiday!). And also new candidates who register with Backstop would like to have a placement rather sooner than later. To achieve this, our recruitment consultants work hard and keep an eye open for suitable placements.
However, an important truth is that in the social work sector, as also for YOT and probation officers, candidate´s undergo a very strict and thorough safeguarding process, that takes time. We at Backstop have embedded safeguarding processes in our recruitment, so that practitioners who we send to clients, are the best and also the safest match. So in order to get into employment quickly, our candidates can actively accelerate the compliance process.
Most important are the correct proofs of identity and address. We apply for an Enhanced DBS certificate for every candidate (unless they are registered with the Update Service, which saves time, money and effort!). In order to do so, the proofs of address and identity must match the requirements of the DBS. Those documents can be brought to our registration interview, so the candidates do not need to scan or fax them over (in fact, we need to see them as originals to comply audit regulations, like compliance+).
The second important issue are correct references. We apply for references from line managers of the last 5 years of employment. Our application form therefore has a section where all contact details can be given. A correct filled application form is half the way to a successful placement! To receive references in time, it might also be a good point for the candidate to get in touch with the former line manager to make them aware that a reference request is coming in soon and that this is needed quickly in order to get placed.
The last step, normally after a successful interview and an offer to the candidate, is to sign all relevant audit documents, before commencing work. We will send all documents to our candidates and as soon as we recieve it back, send them over to our clients. A delay in receiving the audit documents automatically results in a delay of commencing a placement.
In conclusion: a thorough safeguarding process does not necessarily mean a delay in being placed. When all parties play together well, our candidates can be placed within a week.