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Dance Dads and Background Checks?

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Dance Dads and Background Checks?

A recent article posted at (February 10, 2013) highlights a new requirement to get into a Daddy-Daughter dance:  Criminal Background Checks.

Dads wanting to escort their little princesses to the annual Father-Daughter Dance at East Side Elementary School learned that increased security required they go through criminal background checks.

Certainly the idea behind this step is legitimate and, clearly, the schools intent was to provide additional security to the children.  In the light of the Newtown, CT tragedy precautions such as these are increasingly frequent.  However, while some parents took these measures in stride, others did not.

“I just think we’re headed down the wrong track,” a parent said, calling the background checks an invasion of privacy.

Background checks on full- and part-time school employees is common and, often, mandatory at every level.  Volunteer background checks occur with greater frequency but sometimes with a lower level of requirement and depth of inquiry.  And, background checks prior to school sponsored events, such as a daddy-daughter dance is on the rise.

Background screening is a primary component of risk management, especially when it comes to children.  Expectations demand children be protected at every turn as best as possible.  Background screening is a pro-active tool designed to assist in creating safer environments for children.  One must also conduct stringent background checks not only on full- and part- time employees, but on any volunteers that have long-term or frequent interaction with children.  The level of background check for events such as a daddy-daughter dance may be conducted at a lower level due to the level of staff supervision and the length of the event.  Certainly that is a decision for any given school district.  Ultimately, background checks can prove to be a valuable tool.

And for those individuals that consider background checks an invasion of privacy, one must remember that a majority of background records are pulled from public record.

In the end the use of background records can be a tricky task.  Keeping records safe and secure, as well as utilized within the constraints of all local, state, and federal regulations is critical.  Using criminal records as part of background check for a social event should be thoroughly reviewed prior to implementation.  A clear and legal representation of the use, collection, and control of any records is vital.  Finally, one must provide those being screened a clear and concise reason for a background check. has a long history of working with volunteer groups in conducting criminal records checks as well has ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.  At trained associates can assist any company or organization conduct their background screening.  From pre-employment screening to volunteer checks, does it all. is a national third-party background screening company that works with companies and organizations of all sizes. They provide safe, secure, and fully-compliant background screening documents.

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