Compliance+ Education

Compliance+ Education is the best practice quality standard for recruitment businesses and compels members to go beyond statutory safeguarding standards and aim for excellence in competency, selection and service quality. This was developed alongside Compliance+ Social Work and more recently Compliance+ Clinical & Healthcare to provide an uncompromising quality benchmark for Education, Social Work and Clinical & Healthcare recruitment companies. 

What will it mean for my business? 
  • It certifies safeguarding which goes beyond statutory requirements and is recognised as a certificated standard by the CCS. 

  • It is designed to help safeguard and improve outcomes for children and vulnerable adults. 
  • Your business will undergo an annual independent on-site audit process undertaken by a professional body to confirm consistency with safeguarding. 

The APSCo Compliance+ Standards Committee ensures that Compliance+ remains relevant and appropriate and provides governance of the audit process. 

How to become Compliance+ accredited

The Compliance+ accreditation process is administered by APSCo. However, audits are undertaken by independent experienced teaching professionals, or by independent professional auditors that specialise in auditing situations where the safeguarding of vulnerable people is involved.

There are seven steps to becoming accredited to Compliance: 
  1. Complete the APSCo membership application process 
  2. Provide APSCo with certain information about your company
  3. Review APSCo Compliance+ terms of business here
  4. Understand the requirements of Compliance+ 
  5. Ensure internal processes are in line with the best practice requirements 
  6. Request an audit
  7. Pass the audit on an annual basis showing continuous improvement 

For more information on Compliance+, please call us on +44 (0) 203 117 0910 or email [email protected].

Compliance+ Standards Committee

The APSCo Standards Committee ensures that the Compliance+ standard remains relevant, appropriate and provides governance of the audit process for the standard. 

The committee plays a critical role in making sure that the Compliance+ strategy and business plans are focused on the needs of members and support compliance of the recruitment profession. 

Permanent members of the committee include APSCo, our Independent Auditors and Keith Rosser as Chair. 

View our Committee Terms of Reference here.  

2022/23 Education Compliance+ Committee Members
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Compliance+ Education Standards

Model-Documents Education

Model Documents

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Model Policies Education

Compliance+ Audit Overview

Compliance+ audits will be undertaken by independent auditors. An in-depth remote audit will take place two years in a row, on the third year, the audit will be face-to-face, taking place at the recruitment business's place of work. 

Further details on the remote audit process can be found here.

Code of Conduct

As an APSCo member working in the Education sector, you are committed to a strict Code of Conduct where high levels of professional behavior and protection are required. 

Information on these checks can be found here: 

What's New 

DfE - Induction for early career teachers (England) NEW

GOV guidance - AWR for Supply Teachers NEW

APSCo Compliance+ Education Standards - Summary of changes UPDATED

APSCo Compliance+ Education StandardUPDATED

APSCo Update - Allegations Policy - Education UPDATED

APSCo Update - Safeguarding Children - Education UPDATED

APSCo Update - Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risks Policy UPDATED

APSCo Update - Safeguarding Chldren (Wales) Policy UPDATED

APSCo Update - Table of Highlighted Changes Annex F KCSIE 2023 NEW

APSCo Update - Compliance+ Education Standards and Summary of changes (following KCSIE 2023 update)

ICO - 10 step guide to sharing information to safeguard children NEW

Better Hiring Institute Toolkit - Education Supply Chains NEW

APSCo Update - Safer Recruitment Policy and Summary of changes (to be used from 1 Steptember 2023)

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 (Applicable from 1 September 2023) 

Annex F Table of Substantive Changes from September 2023 - Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 


APSCo Compliance+ Education Accredited Members