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Agency questions about safeguarding...please advise

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by pizza, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. pizza

    pizza New commenter

    Last summer my union negotiated a CA and an agreed reference with my last employer. I have tried to gain work as supply, but the bigger agencies (understandably) ask my last employer if there were any safeguarding issues. There weren't any.
    However, the head refuses to respond to any further questions leaving me out of work and totally broke.
    Is there anything I can do to overcome this problem?
     
  2. pizza

    pizza New commenter

    Last summer my union negotiated a CA and an agreed reference with my last employer. I have tried to gain work as supply, but the bigger agencies (understandably) ask my last employer if there were any safeguarding issues. There weren't any.
    However, the head refuses to respond to any further questions leaving me out of work and totally broke.
    Is there anything I can do to overcome this problem?
     
  3. bigbev

    bigbev New commenter

    Have you approached the union rep who helped you with your CA to ask advice? I joined supply agencies after a CA and had no issue once I had my agreed reference. My union rep has supported me with queries since.
     
  4. pizza

    pizza New commenter

    The rep involved has left so I have been passed on. I have been told by one agency that the school when approached are not responding. Spoke to the union who said they will screen it the CA.
    I am in a core subject area and yet I know that a school I was put forward to took on someone who was not subject specialist.
    Also, I have only had 2 days work since my last employment.
    Really don't know what is preventing from moving on which is why I think it maybe the safeguarding question.
    One agency told me quite clearly that the Ref. was clearly agreed.
    Could really use some advice.

     
  5. I would imagine that if you have an agreed reference your head is following the procedure very well by not responding to any other questions. The AR is what has been agreed by you (through your union and your head) as to what will be communicated - nothing else. If the head were to communicate with a future employer regarding anything outwith the AR they would be in breach of the agreement. To overcome this I would suggest looking for work in a related field to breach the problem of you 'last employer'. How about looking at tutoring, private childcare organisations or youth work. You are in a pickle, but I would suggest that by thinking 'outside the box' you would get through it.
     
  6. pizza

    pizza New commenter

    Thanks!

     
  7. When I took my CA last year there was a sentence in it that said something along the lines of 'any oral reference that is given is to be on no less favorable terms than the written agreed reference'. Is there anything like that in your CA Pizza?
    (Love your name by the way, good job I've just had a curry!)

     
  8. pizza

    pizza New commenter

    Yes it has that statement. How would that help?
    (Pizza and curry my fave 2 foods. If u need recipes let me know!)
     
  9. pizza

    pizza New commenter

    The wording is...will respond to any verbal or written responses in accord with it, subject to the company's duty not to provide a reference that is false or misleading.
     
  10. I thought that they had to provide verbal feedback if requested if that statement is there. Ahh I'm not sure now, does anyone else know?

     

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