Compliance+ Standards

APSCo has developed Compliance+ to provide an uncompromising quality benchmark for Education and Social Work recruitment companies. It is the best practice quality standard for Education and Social Work recruitment businesses and compels members to go beyond statutory safeguarding standards and aim for excellence in competency selection and service quality.

Education Compliance+ Standard

This best practice standard is designed to help safeguard children and to benchmark recruitment firms against the best possible service. It was developed by APSCo following extensive consultation with our Education Sector Group members and, crucially, external stakeholders including the National Association of Head Teachers, VOICE, Governors for Schools, the Association of School & College Leaders and the Institute of School Business Leadership.

Please click here to download the best practice standard for the education sector, plus a summary of changes.

Education Compliance+ Standard V7

Updated

This best practice standard is designed to help safeguard children and to benchmark recruitment firms against the best possible service. It was developed by APSCo following extensive consultation with our Education Sector Group members and, crucially, external stakeholders including the National Association of Head Teachers, VOICE, Governors for Schools, the Association of School & College Leaders and the Institute of School Business Leadership.

Please click here to download the best practice standard for the education sector, plus a summary of changes.

Social Work Compliance+ Standard V7

This best practice standard has been developed following extensive consultation with APSCo’s Social Work Sector Group members and external stakeholders including the British Association of Social Workers (“BASW”) the Health & Care Professions Council (“HCPC”), the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (“ESPO”), representative managed serviced providers (“MSPs”) and leading London Boroughs and city councils. It is a best practice benchmark for social work recruitment businesses, that sets the standard for providing high quality, appropriate staff and the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

Please click here to download the best practice standard for the social work sector, plus a summary of changes.

Toolkits

How to become accredited

The accreditation process is administered by APSCo. There are seven steps to becoming accredited to Compliance. Click here for details. 

Better Hiring Institute - Onboarding Ukrainian Nationals

This guidance outlines alternative ways to achieve onboarding compliance for Ukrainian nationals given the current situation in the country means that onboarding and compliance standards are impractical.

Note, this document is not an exhaustive list of requirements as many checks remain unaffected and should still be completed in addition to those within this document. 

Compliance+ Safeguarding Self-Checklist

This Self-Checklist is designed to aid members when registering a candidate in line with the C+ requirements. 

Compliance+ Template Application Form

This template application form has been created to assist members when registering a candidate in line with the C+ requirements. In line with the recent changes made to the Compliance+ Education Standards, our Education members can now only accept completed application forms from candidates.