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Vera Canhoto

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8 Tips for interviewing disability and special needs professionals that you find on Splinx

When you match with a professional on Splinx, you will be able to read their profile and decide if you would like to contact them and set an interview. If you do, you can contact this professional directly and schedule an interview. Splinx does not verify the identity of the professionals who are registered on our database. Hence, it is imperative that you carry out your own robust checks during the interview process.

Choosing the right professional to work with is one of the most important things that you can do. When selecting a professional to work with your child or an adult with a disability, it is essential to take your time and be as thorough as possible, in order to choose the right person to provide the service you are looking for in a safe and professional manner. There are some important checks you should carry out before entering into a contract. with a professional. If you are not sure how to do this, Splinx has put together a number of steps to help you select the right candidate:.

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Choosing the right professional to work with is one of the most important things that you can do.

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1. Set the interview

You can use Splinx messaging service to contact the professional you are interested in directly. Having an initial phone call with the professional it is also recommended – in this way you can do a short screening phone interview and decide if you would like to meet the professional in person.

2. Check proof of identity

When meeting the professional face to face, you should ask to see 2 sets of proof of identity - one which features the professional’s photo and one which contains their address. Proof of identity might include, for example, a passport, driving license, visa, work permit, birth certificate, or utility bill.

If the candidate is a non-British citizen you must also make sure of the professional’s eligibility to work in the UK. It is a legal requirement to check that the person you intend to employ has the right to work in the UK and is here legally.

3. Check diplomas and certificates

Read carefully through the professional’s CV and ask him/her to talk about previous experience and education. Make sure to check all certificates that prove qualifications, courses, training, and any professional body’s registration. You might also want to require a child or adult First Aid training certificate.

4. Insurance

Public liability insurance is often an important cover for self-employed professionals, as it can protect a professional if someone is injured or property is damaged because of their business. All professionals are advised to have appropriate, Public liability insurance is often an important cover for self-employed professionals, as it can protect a professional if someone is injured or property is damaged because of their business. All professionals are advised to have appropriate, up-to-date public liability insurance to carry out their work, and you should ask to see proof of insurance cover. However, this information will be clearly stated on your profile.

5. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

When hiring someone to work with children and vulnerable people, you should always require a DBS check and read any comments on the disclosure carefully. You can learn more about DBS and how to request it here.

The child sex offender disclosure scheme allows parents, carers, and guardians to formally ask the police to tell them if someone has a record for child sexual offences. The scheme is available across England and Wales.

6. References

Ask for at least two references. All professionals should be able to provide you with appropriate references. It is recommended to inquire a reference from previous employers to learn about their experience with the professional. If they don’t have the job-based experience yet, they might provide a character or academic reference, such as a college teacher. It is important to telephone the referees instead of sending an e-mail - anyone can answer an email!

Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask the referee and assure that the referee has enough time to talk. Here are some suggested questions:


7. Splinx Reviews

Splinx allows our users to leave reviews for clients or professionals that they work with; these reviews can provide valuable insight into whether or not a professional is suitable for you.

8. Remember: Interviews are a two-way process

Interviews are also an opportunity for the professional to see if this is the right job for her/him. The candidate will also have questions for you and will want to make sure that this is a suitable position for his/her personality and experience. It is important that you both feel comfortable and confident with one another.


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