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Volunteer Background Checks are Critical to Risk Mitigation States

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Volunteer Background Checks are Critical to Risk Mitigation States

With summer in full effect across the country millions of children are taking full advantage of summer break. Many children are off to camp or playing leagues sports. Many of these sports leagues rely on volunteers. It is critical each volunteer that works with children receive a full and thorough background check. It is an critical component of risk mitigation.

Adam Almeida, President and CEO of states: "Protecting children is important and volunteer background checks is a start in mitigating that risk."

Recently, a Texas based sports league banned a coach for a previously undisclosed criminal record.

From (May 29, 15):

According to county court and Universal City Police reports obtained by the I-Team dating back to 2002, Allen has faced charges of unlawful carry of a weapon, two separate charges of family violence and a charge of interfering with an emergency call.

Allen's most recent charge, felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, came in July 2013 after police in Universal City accused Allen of pointing a gun at his girlfriend and another man while they sat in a car at an apartment complex. (1)

Almeida states: "A simple criminal history check would discover any criminal conviction going back seven years. Checking a criminal history with a volunteer is just as important as it is for pre-employment screening."

Volunteer background checks are not just for summer camps and sports, but should be for all volunteer activities year round.

A new law in Florida increases protection for children through expanded background check requirements for contractors and volunteers.

From (Jun. 08, 15):

Due to a new state law intended to protect children from sexual abuse, a response to the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State University, any employee or volunteer who has "routine interaction" with children is required to obtain extensive background checks, every three years. (2)

Outside Pittsburg, PA Quaker Valley School District has enacted an updated policy regarding all volunteers, as part of a risk mitigation policy.

From (Jun 03, 2015):

Volunteers will be required to have state criminal history, child abuse history and federal criminal history clearances, at a total cost of nearly $50. A volunteer is defined as any and all non-compensated athletic coaches, athletic trainers, equipment managers and others associated with school athletics; non-compensated band, musical or other performing arts assistants including managers, choreographers, directors, acting or instrumental coaches and others with similar roles; and non-compensated chaperones who assist with field trips or overnight trips and may have direct supervision over students. (3)

Having a thorough background screening process for a volunteer organization, such as a sports league, or a group that relies heavily on volunteers, such as a school district, is critical. Background screening should be a key component of any risk mitigation policy and procedure.

Almeida states: "A good volunteer background check should include criminal background checks, DMV review, sex offender registry search, and reference checks." is a third-party background screening company that can provide a low-cost background screening program for organizations large and small. Dedicated to the mission of mitigating risk both in the workplace and general public, can develop a program unique to a wide-variety of organizations and groups.




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