First and foremost, background checks are necessary as a matter of safety:
Background checks have become a standard practice in youth sports, as coach violence and sexual abuse and harassment have become more frequent (although still rare) occurrences.
- Discover previous arrest and convictions for sexual and/or violent offenses
- Protect your organization from legal liability and lawsuits
- Prevent allegations of negligent selection and hiring
It is estimated that 9.6% of all volunteers screened have a criminal record and 2.9% of would be coaches have had convictions involving sex offenses, violence, or other felonies….
Every reasonable effort should be made to protect youth sports participants from adults in the program who have a history of unacceptable criminal activity. Don’t wait, get started today…