It’s hard to believe, but winter is waning and spring sports registration is under way in many parts of the country. If your business, school or organization is involved in any way, shape or form with spring sports involving children and teenagers, now is the time to make sure you...
Chances are if your business or organization deals with children, you’ve taken steps to ensure their safety through the use of background checks on every teacher, coach, minister, volunteer and staff member that comes in contact with youth. If so, good for you! But are you doing an adequate job...
Parents of children within the Virginia public school system (with the exception of those in the Richmond area) may not realize that, although teachers are drug tested, staffers are not legally bound to be.
It's a wise idea to look at the practical implications and applications of background screening from time to time; that's why we're happy to highlight this story from Milton, Pennsylvania.
Years ago, being a volunteer at your child's school was a cut-and-dry proposition. You basically told the administration, teacher, PTO/PTA, district or school staff that you wanted to help out... and the doors were held open for you to come in. Today, it's much different. In fact, background checks of all volunteers is becoming more and more mainstream.
It's no secret that this year hasn't been the best for USA Swimming, as a scandal earlier this year brought to light serious sexual abuse that had been occurring between USA Swimming employees and volunteers and swimmers. As a result, updated Athlete Protection Policies were passed on Saturday at the U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention.
With school back in swing, tons of kids are getting back to their sports of choice -- football, soccer, basketball, hockey. But who's coaching them? That's a question that every parent needs to seriously consider. It's also something that athletic programs need to think about.
With the start of schools around the country, there has been a subtle flurry of headlines related to parents who are unable to volunteer at their children's schools. Though it might immediately sound like the moms and dads are being denied access to their kids, it's more likely that they couldn't pass a background screening process.
Go to any school zone and you're bound to see a lot of things, such as backpacks, brown lunch bags and the ever-present crossing guard. But just because they're there doesn't mean they should be... especially if they haven't been rigorously background checked.