The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust believe that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.

Our safer recruitment procedures will enable the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to reduce the risk of the potential abuse of children and young people.

When recruiting trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, all reasonable steps will be taken by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to ensure suitable people are selected. The process for recruiting employees will be led be led by specific line managers and the CEO with support from HR.

The Process for Recruitment

  • Job description and person specification is approved
  • Job/role is advertised
  • CV and cover letters are submitted
  • Interview or meeting held with prospective employee/volunteer (to ensure suitability to work with children)
  • Check documents to confirm a person’s identity
  • At least two references obtained for successful applicant
  • Dependent on job/role a criminal record check will be completed e.g. an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Induction
  • Training and supervision

The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust requires any individual engaged in Regulated Activity or Regulated Work to undertake a criminal record check in order to work/volunteer with children and young people. Depending on the nature of the role and the level of supervision the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust will require either Enhanced or Enhanced with barred list checks. A criminal record check should be completed every three years. Any positive disclosures will be risk assessed and a decision will be made if an individual is suitable to take up their role.

Good recruitment process is essential to ensure the best people are chosen for the roles they undertake. Official checks and vetting procedures are on their own, not enough to protect children and young people. They are only part of a wider set of practices and an organisational culture which supports safe practice.

All vacancies will published on the Careers section of our website.