New California Law Creates Consistent Criminal Background Check Policy for Volunteer Coaches in Youth Sports

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law – Assembly Bill 465 (AB 465) – to help protect children who participate in community youth athletic programs from sexually abusive and violent individuals by creating a consistent criminal background check policy across the state for volunteer coaches in youth sports. A report in the Contra Costa (CA) Times about the signing of AB 465 is available at http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23949088/governor-signs-bill-authorizing-criminal-background-checks-volunteer.

Co-authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) and Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego), AB 465 “clarifies that all community sports programs in California are authorized to administer criminal background checks on volunteer coaches and also authorizes such programs to request subsequent arrest notifications from the Department of Justice,” according to a news release available on Assemblywoman Bonilla’s website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a14/news/bonilla-s-bill-to-protect-young-athletes-heads-to-governor.

AB 465 will amend Section 11105.3 of the Penal Code, relating to criminal history. While existing law requires “mandated reporters” – as defined on The Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Project at http://mandatedreporterca.com/ – to report child abuse and neglect to local law enforcement, AB 465 would state that performing the background check does not remove or limit the liability of a mandated reporter. The complete text of Assembly Bill 465 is available at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0451-0500/ab_465_bill_20130826_chaptered.pdf.

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ says organizations that should conduct volunteer background checks include: Faith-based organizations; Youth sports leagues such as Little League and youth soccer; Youth organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers, and Big Sisters; Volunteer groups that work with “at-risk” youth; and Camps designed for children and teens. For more information about ESR, a nationwide screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional background Screeners (NAPBS®), visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ or call Toll Free 888.999.4474.

Sources:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23949088/governor-signs-bill-authorizing-criminal-background-checks-volunteer

http://www.asmdc.org/members/a14/news/bonilla-s-bill-to-protect-young-athletes-heads-to-governor

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0451-0500/ab_465_bill_20130826_chaptered.pdf

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