Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 17, 2018, the U.S. Youth Soccer Association and its Northern California affiliate agreed to pay $8.2 million to settle a lawsuit over their failure to properly run background checks on a coach who was later convicted of sexually abusing a 13-year-old player, according to a …Continue reading "U.S. Youth Soccer Association Agrees to Pay $8.2 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has approved a series of revisions to the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” that includes requiring all people who have contact with minors to undergo background checks, according to a story from the National Catholic Reporter (NCR).Continue reading "U.S. Catholic Bishops Revise Child and Youth Protection Charter to Include Expanded Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In a story that shows “how” background checks are performed is just as important as “if” they are performed, an inmate who shot and killed two bailiffs and wounded two others during an escape attempt at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan on July 11, …Continue reading "Michigan Courthouse Shooter with Criminal Record Passed Background Checks as School Volunteer"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from …Continue reading "Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1276 to help clarify the state’s new law regarding background check clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children. A copy of Pennsylvania HB 1276, which takes effect immediately, is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/PennsylvaniaHouseBill1276.pdf.Continue reading "New Pennsylvania Law Clarifies Background Check Clearances"
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 …Continue reading "New California Law Creates Consistent Criminal Background Check Policy for Volunteer Coaches in Youth Sports"
Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation requiring school volunteers in Rhode Island to undergo a state criminal background check, according to a report by the Providence Journal available at http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2013/05/chafee-signs-bill-requiring-background-checks-for-school-volunteersready.html.Continue reading "Rhode Island to Require State Background Checks for School Volunteers"
NOVATO, CA – December 17, 2012—Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide accredited background check firm, is pleased to announce a partnership with the GuideOne Insurance SafeChurch® program, a comprehensive church risk management resource, to offer discounted background check services and expert advice in implementing screening programs to SafeChurch members. For more information about background checks …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources Partners with GuideOne Insurance SafeChurch Program to Provide Discounted Background Checks"
The refusal of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to conduct criminal background checks on all volunteers until 2008 allowed convicted child sex offenders to join the organization and led to a significant amount of alleged sexual abuse of youths, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of confidential BSA files. Full LA Times coverage …Continue reading "Lack of Criminal Background Checks by National Youth Organization Led To Alleged Sexual Abuse of Youths"
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) – one of the largest non-profit and volunteer sports organizations in the United States – said in a statement that background checks of 27,000 adult participants between September 1 and October 15, 2012 found 150 adults with issues “that could prove to be problematic for AAU membership.” The AAU is performing …Continue reading "Amateur Athletic Union Background Checks Find 150 Adult Participants Could Be Potential Threat to Children"