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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]