You are required to provide a minimum of two referees, one of which must be your most recent employer. If your position is in Social Care or a school and your last employer was not one in a care setting/ school, one reference must be provided from your latest position in a care setting or school.
If the position you are applying for is in the Domiciliary Care Service you must provide two referees. If you have moved employers in a care setting over the last 5 years you must provide every employer's details as a referee. If your last employer was not one in a care setting one reference must be from your latest position in a care setting.
If you are applying for a role in the ICT department, in line with BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standard), you must provide two referees. If you have moved employers over the last 3 years you must provide every employer's details as a referee.
If you have only undertaken voluntary work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults you should use the voluntary organisation as a referee.
If you have not previously worked with either children, young people and/or vulnerable adults you must provide a character reference from someone who is able to confirm your suitability to work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults. This would normally be someone in authority e.g. a lecturer, doctor or community leader. Please note that character references are normally only accepted as a supplement to an employer's reference.
In addition, we will seek references from educational establishments for those applicants with no previous employment history.
Under no circumstances will Open References (i.e. addressed "to whom it may concern") be accepted.
If you have been shortlisted for a position in a school your referees will be contacted prior to the date of the interview.
With the exception of schools, we will contact the referee following the interview if you are made an offer of appointment.