School Volunteer Background Checks: Protecting Kids & Reducing the Risk Select speakers or Phone on Webinar tabThe Webinar will begin shortly. While you are waiting please answer the following question using Twitter: @SHSscreening Are you confident in your current volunteer background screening program? Why or Why Not?
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Who is Mike McCarty? CEO SHS Metro Nashville PD Domestic Violence Division Breaking the Cycle iRefCheck
Why Are We Here? Safety of Kids Understand limitations of many volunteer screening programs Explore best practices Approach screening as a moral issue not a legal issue
“Something-Is-Better-Than-Nothing” Model 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
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 beThose that harm kids always unsupervised to harm seek positions with access to children kids
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
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
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
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
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
Best Practices Requires multiple layers of checks and balances: Person ID/ SSN Verification National Criminal Database National Sex Offender County Criminal Search
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
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?
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
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
Special Offer Until June 30, schools can get a special rate for volunteer background checks: $15.95 for Level I $26.95 for Level III
Questions? Send questions to Twitter: @SHSscreening Sign up for blog: info.safehiringsolutions.com Upcoming Webinars: Social Media Background Checks Policy Development, 6/15/ 2PM EST Child Sex Offenders: How They Select, Seduce, Maintain and Dump Victims 6/23 2PM EST
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