Shock from recruitment industry, especially from Aspire People over DfE plans to abolish safeguarding children Quality Mark

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The Department for Education announced their intentions to discontinue the DfE Quality Mark Scheme from 31st March 2013.

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DfE abolish safeguarding children quality mark

The Quality Mark is recognised as an important badge of best practice. It is the only legitimate way of auditing the education recruitment industry. Without it no one is accountable

The Department for Education announced their intentions to discontinue the DfE Quality Mark Scheme from 31st March 2013. The Quality Mark was first launched in July 2002 to help drive up standards in the education recruitment sector. The Quality Mark sets minimum standards for supply teaching agencies like how they interview, the vetting procedures when placing staff in to schools and much more.

In response to the news chief executive of the REC, Kevin Green, said: "In light of recent headlines and the renewed focus on the vetting of all those working with children, it is vital safeguards are maintained. Recruiters who supply teachers and the schools they do business with value the Quality Mark as both a visible and government-endorsed guarantee that adults entering their classrooms have been properly checked."

“Of course government budgets are under pressure, but it is short-sighted not to recognise that the Quality Mark provides a cost effective framework for enhancing safe recruitment and is an alternative to additional bureaucratic regulation within the education sector."

Michaela Powell, Director and owner of a Midlands supply teaching agency, Aspire People said: "The Quality Mark is recognised as an important badge of best practice by LEAs, schools, parents and recruitment agencies. It is the only legitimate way of auditing the education recruitment industry, has raised the standards of supply teachers and ensured that recruitment agencies are carrying out the necessary safeguarding and vetting checks properly. Further to this agencies will no longer be accountable."

Aspire People's Operations & HR Manager, Daniel Dawkins said: "We are keen for the Recruitment Employment Confederation to develop a new audit scheme to go live from April 2013 which QM holders can transfer on to. In a recent meeting with REC, along with other leading recruitment agencies, 96% of agencies agreed that they would like to see the creation of a replacement to the quality mark."

The Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) are writing to Michael Gove and David Laws to ask them to reconsider the decision.

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