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Volunteers pose a substantial risk to organizations and unfortunately most of the screening services offered are low quality solutions that provide little risk mitigation. Join us for a 30 minute......

Volunteers pose a substantial risk to organizations and unfortunately most of the screening services offered are low quality solutions that provide little risk mitigation. Join us for a 30 minute webinar to learn how to conduct high quality volunteer background checks.

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  • 1. How to Conduct Comprehensive Volunteer Background Checks Select speakers or Phone on Webinar tab The Webinar will begin shortly. Does your current volunteer screening program keep you up at night?
  • 2. Presenter Mike McCarty •CEO SHS •Metro Nashville PD •Domestic Violence Division •Breaking the Cycle •iRefCheck
  • 3. Why We Are Here?  Safety of Kids  Understand limitations of many volunteer screening programs  Explore best practices  Moral or legal issue
  • 4. “Something is Better Than Nothing…”  This is a legal perspective  Focused on legal risk mitigation instead of safety of children  Cheap background check provides false sense of security  Limited background checks expose:  Children, visitors, staff to risk of harm  Organization to risk of theft  Organization to risk of liability for lack of due diligence  Quality screening mitigates legal risk and increases safety of children
  • 5. Sophisticated Perpetrators  Sex offenders will take unbelievable risks  Volunteers = much higher volume  Do not have to be alone to harm kids  Do not have to be unsupervised to harm kids Those that harm kids always seek positions with access to children
  • 6. Are We Doing Enough?  Sex offenders dedicated & determined  Background Screening industry has promoted cheap background checks for volunteers  Protecting children requires:  comprehensive criminal record checks  reference checks  Majority of rapists undetected
  • 7. The Use & Misuse ofCriminal Databases
  • 8. Criminal Databases  No such thing as $9 or $10 background check  No such thing as an instant background check  No criminal database is complete  A criminal database is a tool not a screening program  Background screening industry is negligent in promoting these cheap database searches
  • 9. Problems with “national” criminal databases  Data varies from state to state  Handful of states provide AOC data  Majority of states only provide SOR and DOC  How database configured  Name & DOB  Most states partial or no DOB
  • 10. State Repositories  Not complete  Only a single state  Rely on individual counties to participate  Ex. ISP Repository  Sex offender data missing  Many counties not participating  Class A misd and above
  • 11. Sex Offender Registries  Not updated regularly  IN teachers aid convicted of Child Molesting  11 months to show on SOR  Does not contain all sex offenders  Some states based on classification  If conviction before registry not required- IN court recent ruling  Plea bargain could remove registry requirement  Some states have time limits such as 10 yrs  Great tool- not a screening program
  • 12. Best Practices Requires multiple layers of checks and balances:  Person ID/ SSN Verification  National Criminal Database  National Sex Offender  County Criminal Search
  • 13. Legal Issues Southport, Indiana Little League  No background checks  Coach molested 2 boys in out building fitting uniforms  Little league found negligent under negligent hiring doctrine Predatory in the Primary  Applying negligent hiring to volunteers  Increasing cases
  • 14. Potential Problems with IN ECHS  2009 State of Indiana enacts ECH Statute  Removes ISP Limited Criminal History as option for schools to use with hiring or vendor/contractors  Many districts still use for volunteers because free  Why if you know it is bad data?  How do you defend a claim if a volunteer harms a child?  Attorney will always say you did not do enough  Could you defend this database on the witness stand?
  • 15. We don’t have any money….  1st quality screening must become a priority  Volunteer pays for part or all of background check  Gaining popularity  Make background check valid for 2-5 years  School absorbs hardships
  • 16. ATS Paperless Background Checks  ATS link programmed & placed on your website  Applicant driven  Click on link  Sign e-authorization  Input their data  Pay with credit/debit card  Report returned to school
  • 17. Questions? Sign up for blog: http://info.safehiringsolutions.com Contact: Mike McCarty Mike.mccarty@safehiringsolutions.com 888-215-8296