Warner Interview Training (Safer Recruitment)


Warner interviews are a result of ‘Choosing with care’ (The Warner report, 1992) which was established to review selection, development and management of staff in children’s homes. This highlighted recruitment as a particular concern. Warner has since been developed for use within all settings working with children and young people.

Who is the Course Aimed at?

Anyone who needs to conduct Warner Interviews

How Long is the Course?

1 day (or a half day as a refresher)

Learning Outcomes
  • Developing safer recruitment policies and procedures for your organisation
  • using the identify, prevent, deter and reject process
  • preparing the recruitment process.
  • selecting the right people to interview
  • carrying out thorough background checks
  • responding to concerns identified through background checks and assessing risk
  • responding to inappropriate behaviour and allegations of abuse
  • having an awareness of ‘professional’ offending behaviour
  • Identify useful interview questions using the Warner method and be able to evaluate answers
  • produce induction of new staff to prevent poor practices
  • keeping records of the recruitment process in line with the UK standard
  • creating policies and procedures for ‘safe’ working practices with and around children
  • identify how and why organisations have failed and the consequences.

As with Safer Recruitment, the key message is the importance of a multi-layered recruitment process.  Warner interviews require recruiters to probe candidates about their personal life, attitudes, and motivations, to establish a fuller picture of the character of the applicant and especially their suitability to work with children and adults at risk of harm.


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