Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires that all health and social care services in England register with them for any regulated activities which they undertake. Fylde Community Link is registered to provide personal care for vulnerable adults and young people aged 16-17.
Fylde Community Link is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the people whom it supports and undertakes safe recruitment practices for all positions within the Organisation.
Any offers of employment are conditional upon pre-employment checks being satisfactorily completed:
receipt of 2 satisfactory references, one of which must be from the applicant’s current or most recent employer. For direct support staff, where an applicant has not been employed in social care within the last 2 years, references may be sought from past employers
verification of the applicant’s identity
verification of the applicant’s place of residence
sight of original copies of relevant qualifications
evidence of the right to work in the UK
traceable employment history and experience
Enhanced DBS check
The Organisation uses the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to verify the identity of an applicant and check that they are not barred from working with vulnerable adults and/or children, before they commence work. Fylde Community Link is obliged under arrangements introduced for the protection of vulnerable people and children to check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for the existence and content of any criminal record, prior to any person commencing employment with the Organisation. Failure to declare any disclosable prosecutions, convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings or bind-overs pending or otherwise at the application stage may result in a conditional offer of employment being withdrawn, disciplinary action or dismissal.
Fylde Community Link also requires all staff members to subscribe to the DBS Update Service, so that a check can be performed on a regular basis to ensure that the information released on the DBS Certificate is current and up-to-date.
Once applicants have commenced employment, if the Organisation has any concerns that a member of staff has caused harm, or poses a future risk of harm to vulnerable groups, including young people, then the staff member will be referred to the relevant Local Authority Safeguarding Team, the DBS and/or the police. An internal investigation will also be carried out by the Organisation.