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Towards safer organisations

Adults who pose a risk to children in the workplace and implications for recruitment and selection

Front cover of Towards safer organisations

July 2009


This report presents the key findings of a review of the literature on child abuse in organisations.

It aims to inform methods of recruitment in settings where staff or volunteers may come into contact with children. The study also draws on interviews with relevant professionals and a small sample of convicted child sex offenders.


Executive summary


Towards safer organisations: adults who pose a risk to children in the workplace and implications for recruitment and selection (executive summary) (PDF, 136KB)


Full report


Towards safer organisations: adults who pose a risk to children in the workplace and implications for recruitment and selection (PDF, 668KB)

Please cite as: Erooga, Marcus (2009) Towards safer organisations: adults who pose a risk to children in the workplace and implications for recruitment and selection. London: NSPCC.



Related publications


Towards safer organisations II: using the perspectives of convicted sex offenders to inform organisational safeguarding of children
Marcus Erooga, 2012
Presents the findings from interviews with adults who sexually abused children or young people whilst working in organisational positions of trust.

Creating safer organisations: practical steps to prevent the abuse of children by those working with them.
Erooga, Marcus (ed.)
Wiley-Blackwell, 2012

See more practice resources and research on adult sex offenders.



Contact the NSPCC Information Service for specialist information on child sexual abuse or any child protection topic