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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.

Youth Soccer League Gets a Red Card for Faulty Disclosure Form

When youth sports programs make the proactive measure to protect its child participants from predators by using background checks, we can only applaud them. Background checks are the single most effective tool youth organizations can onboard to keep participants, volunteers, and employees safe, as well as safeguard themselves from litigation in the unlikely event that […]

By |July 20th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Youth Soccer League Gets a Red Card for Faulty Disclosure Form

Can You Spot a Predator? Child Safety Training Key to Successful Screening

Sometimes it’s not what a background check turns up, but what a successful screening program can do to alert people of suspect behavior.

Case in point:

A 13-year-old cheerleader from Colorado has come forward claiming her coach sexually assaulted her. She says the alleged abuse happened during private cheerleading lessons on two separate occasions. This news article […]

By |July 6th, 2015|Industry News|Comments Off on Can You Spot a Predator? Child Safety Training Key to Successful Screening

Update: Pennsylvania Child Safety Law Tweaked to Help Organizations Pay for Screening Costs

Over the past couple of years, Pennsylvania has been leading the charge to protect children. It started in 2014 when state legislators passed a comprehensive package of proposals to overhaul its child protection policies. The new law set out a bunch of new parameters surrounding the requirements for, and use and scope of background checks […]

By |June 29th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Update: Pennsylvania Child Safety Law Tweaked to Help Organizations Pay for Screening Costs

Don’t Forget These Important Policies in Your Handbook!

Sports camps across the country are gearing up for Summer 2015. Coaches, volunteers, referees and other guides/handlers are signing all the important forms, giving clearance for background checks, getting some training, and learning the ins/outs of what’s expected of them during these camps. Organizers are busy finalizing registration numbers, organizing paperwork, scheduling workers, and conducting […]

By |June 1st, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Don’t Forget These Important Policies in Your Handbook!

Avoid These Mistakes! Three Things You Should NEVER Do When Screening Employees or Volunteers

Conducting background checks on your employees and/or volunteers is something that has become a necessity for any organization that works with children. It’s common sense. It protects a vulnerable population. It speaks highly about your organizations’ commitment to keeping children and the people in your workplace safe. It mitigates risk.

The laws and logistics of screening, […]

By |April 13th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Avoid These Mistakes! Three Things You Should NEVER Do When Screening Employees or Volunteers

Want To Save Time on Reviewing Background Checks? Try Automatic Coach Scoring.

Want to Save Time on Reviewing Background Checks? Try Automatic Coach Scoring.

Hiring coaches and volunteers takes time. First you have to craft the job posting and then get the ads out there. Then you have to comb through dozens or hundreds of thousands of applications. Next, you may invite applicants in for interviews. And, yes, […]

By |March 30th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Want To Save Time on Reviewing Background Checks? Try Automatic Coach Scoring.

Would You Know if You Broke the Law? A Primer of Must Know Screening Laws.

Volunteer-driven organizations, like many youth sports programs are, know the importance of finding and retaining quality people. Turnover is often high as kids age-out of certain programs and their parents, who had been volunteer coaches or referees or organizers, go with them. One of the keys to maintaining a safe sports program with this type […]

By |March 16th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Would You Know if You Broke the Law? A Primer of Must Know Screening Laws.

Coaches – How Close is Too Close? What You Need to Know About Contact with Children on Your Team.

Coaching youth sports is challenging. Aside from teaching your charges about skills and competition, you are under the increasingly watchful eye of parents who are keen to protect their children. Rightly so. As a coach, you are entrusted to care for, protect and educate these kids, many of whom are dropped off at practice or […]

By |March 2nd, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Coaches – How Close is Too Close? What You Need to Know About Contact with Children on Your Team.

Three Key Things to Consider When Updating Your Screening Policy

Establishing a background screening policy for employees and volunteers is a no-brainer for any youth-oriented organization. If you don’t already have one, we urge you to read this three-part series that explains why you need to set one up, pronto:

Volunteer Screening – A Necessary, Important Investment

Volunteer Screening – How Safe is Your Child’s Caretaker

Volunteer Screening […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on Three Key Things to Consider When Updating Your Screening Policy

No Slam Dunk For Proposed Bill Requiring Background Checks for Youth Sports Leagues

Lawmakers in Colorado took up a tricky topic last week when they considered a bill that would have mandated youth sports groups run background checks on employees and volunteers. The bill, which was debated and ultimately defeated in the Senate judiciary committee, aimed to prevent adults from preying on young children.

In its final writing, the […]

By |February 2nd, 2015|Compliance Updates, Industry News|Comments Off on No Slam Dunk For Proposed Bill Requiring Background Checks for Youth Sports Leagues