A change in KCSIE 2022 states:

‘As part of the shortlisting process, Schools and Colleges should consider carrying out an online search as part of their due diligence on the shortlisted candidates.

This may help identify any incidents or issues that have happened, which the school or college might want to explore with the applicant at interview.’

Scoping out a candidate’s social media profiles and conducting online searches can help to identify any extreme views or discriminatory behaviour. But what should be considered when doing so?

How to Carry Out Online Searches on Candidates

In September 2022, Victoria Blake, Principal HR Consultant at Stone King LLP, joined us for a live webinar lowdown on what Schools and Trusts need to understand about this guidance.

We’ve combined her professional advice with our knowledge of recruitment in education to draw up a handy guide that covers what you need to know about implementing online searches into your organisation’s recruitment strategy!

Covered in the guide:

  • KCSIE: ‘should’ VS ‘must’
  • Who should conduct online searches?
  • What types of behaviour should be flagged from an online search?
  • How to carry out an online search
  • What to look for on candidates’ social media profiles
  • How to consider data protection when carrying out online searches
  • Online searches and the Equality Act, 2010
  • How to use Every HR to record online searches
  • Keeping staff aware of changes to social media policies
  • What online searches mean for your organisation
Click below to access your free guide!

For more information on how to keep tabs on carrying out online searches at your School or Trust, get in touch with our team of specialists!