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About Patricia Carlson

Patricia Carlson, known as Tricia, is a freelance writer who splits her time between Content Marketing creation and Editorial journalism. Don’t ask this Medill School of Journalism grad to choose which one she loves more! She’s been writing professionally for more than a dozen years, and for Active Screening for nearly two of those. Check out LinkedIn for a roster of Tricia's clients, past and present. When she’s not interviewing sources or researching trends, she’s living a fast-paced Florida life questioning the antics of her two young children, partner and mischievous cat. You can learn more about Tricia at www.patriciacarlsonfreelance.com, or tune into her "weekly five" rankings on Twitter @pattycfreelance.

Do School Bus Drivers Need Background Checks?

After-school programs often rely on buses to transport students. Sometimes the buses (or vans or whatever they use) are operated by the private-sector business who is running the after-school activity program. Other times, the school district provides the buses. Either way, providing transportation for children so they can participate in worthwhile after-school activities is super […]

By |December 1st, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Do School Bus Drivers Need Background Checks?

The Fair Credit Reporting Act and You: Protecting Your Credit Information

We’re going back to basics on Protect Youth Sports this week. Our goal is explaining some of the basic laws of background checks and what employees and volunteers need to know about how youth sports organizations and the Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) with whom they partner, should be protecting their credit information.

Who We Are

By law, […]

By |November 19th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on The Fair Credit Reporting Act and You: Protecting Your Credit Information

Can You Spot a Predator like Jared Fogle? Our Child Safety Classes Will Show You How.

Evidence that led to the arrest of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle on child porn and child sex charges is finally surfacing. The evidence – recordings of conversations Fogle had with an FBI informant – shed light on the inner workings of a child predator and give details on how he, and other child predators, […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Can You Spot a Predator like Jared Fogle? Our Child Safety Classes Will Show You How.

Is Your Charter School Athlete Safe?

Communities in California were stunned earlier this school year when a charter school employee was arrested for allegedly luring an 8-year-old student to a secluded area at the school and molesting her.

Jonathan Chow, an 18 year-old lunchtime aide employed by the school, has been charged with five felonies, including sexual penetration of a child under […]

By |October 26th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Is Your Charter School Athlete Safe?

Who Needs A Background Check Before Entering Our Schools to Teach or Coach?

There is a nearly universal expectation that when we sign our children up for sports, they will be safe. Parents put an enormous amount of trust into the people who are caring and coaching our kids, some of whom spend upwards of 10 hours a week playing sports.

Helping keep kids safe – especially while in […]

By |October 14th, 2015|Industry News|Comments Off on Who Needs A Background Check Before Entering Our Schools to Teach or Coach?

Don’t Wait Until a Predator Slips Through Your Ranks – Screen All Coaches and Volunteers Now!

A parks and recreation department in Missouri found itself the subject an embarrassing public call out by a parent who discovered a felon among the coaching ranks of a youth soccer group. Here’s the actual letter from the parent:

Hey Mr. Pokin! I’m asking for your help. My daughter was on a team and as of […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Don’t Wait Until a Predator Slips Through Your Ranks – Screen All Coaches and Volunteers Now!

How to Protect Your Youth Sports Group from Fraudsters

Many youth sports organizations begin from the ground up. Some well-intentioned person, or  perhaps a few parents, see(s) the need for a grassroots startup to give children an opportunity to participate in a sport. It’s a great way to bring communities together and to build children’s fitness levels and self-esteem.

Some of these youth sports groups, […]

By |September 14th, 2015|Industry News|Comments Off on How to Protect Your Youth Sports Group from Fraudsters

Is Your Screening Policy Up to Date?

If you’re one of the few local or community-level youth sports organizations that has a coherent and comprehensive screening policy, we applaud you. You’re a rarity and clearly you’ve taken proactive measures to keep your employees, volunteers and child participants safe.

However, the hard truth is that most grassroots sports and rec clubs don’t have a […]

By |August 24th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Is Your Screening Policy Up to Date?

How to Define Your Social Media Screening Policy

“Legal experts have one main thing to say to employers considering using social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as an initial job-candidate screening tool: Don’t do it.

According to a recent survey from Careerbuilder, more employers are turning to social networking sites to find information on potential candidates. And, CareerBuilder reports, 51 percent of […]

By |August 10th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on How to Define Your Social Media Screening Policy

Which Background Check is Right for Our Coaches?

So, you know you want to screen coaches involved in your program, but you have no idea where to start. Sound familiar?

Well, first, we’re glad you found us. Protect Youth Sports is the premiere background screening agency for youth sports programs across the nation. We are nationally-accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners […]

By |August 3rd, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Which Background Check is Right for Our Coaches?