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Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks


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 access to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) sex offender background checks on employees and volunteers, according to a press release on Senator Schumer’s website. Continue reading

2015 NSECVAC Conference to be Held May 31 to June 3


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The 2015 National Safe Environment Coordinators and Victim Assistance Coordinators (NSECVAC) Leadership Conference will be held from Sunday, May 31, 2015 to Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Rivercenter in Covington, Kentucky. More information about the 2015 NSECVAC Conference – which will feature the theme of “Bridging the Waters” – is available on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati website. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak about International Background Checks at NSECVAC 2013 Conference on July 17

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session about international background checks titled ‘Background Checking People from Other Countries’ at the National Safe Environment Coordinators and Victim Assistance Coordinators (NSECVAC) Conference on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The hour long session takes place from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Burlingame, California. For more information about NSECVAC 2013, visit http://www.nsecvac2013.com/. Continue reading

Rhode Island to Require State Background Checks for School Volunteers

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

Lack of Criminal Background Checks by National Youth Organization Led To Alleged Sexual Abuse of Youths

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 of recently released BSA files from 1970 to 1991 that document hundreds of allegations of sexual misconduct is available at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/boyscouts. Continue reading

Amateur Athletic Union Background Checks Find 150 Adult Participants Could Be Potential Threat to Children

 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 background checks on more than 100,000 coaches, adult athletes, volunteers, and staff to identify potential threats to child athletes including pedophiles and people convicted of drug offenses.  A story from BloombergBusinessweek concerning the AAU statement is available at: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-23/aau-check-finds-150-adults-potentially-threatening-to-children. Continue reading

AAU Implements Background Check Program for Staff and Volunteers to Ensure Safety of Youth Athletes

The national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has released a comprehensive report from two independent task forces – ‘Recommendations to the Amateur Athletic Union from the Youth Protections and Adult/Volunteer Screening Task Forces’ – and announced actions to implement steps to protect the well being of hundreds of thousands of young athletes that include requiring that all adults involved in AAU activities – including coaches, staff, and volunteers – undergo detailed background checks, according to an AAU press release. The full 31-page report is available at http://image.aausports.org/dnn/pdf/TFreportfinal.pdf. Continue reading

Churches Using Background Checks to Ensure Safety of Most Vulnerable Members

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor

According to a report ‘Churches check closer after molestation cases’ from OnlineAthens.com, the website for the Athens Banner Herald, more churches are using background checks to ensure the safety of their most vulnerable members in the wake of several molestation cases involving employees and volunteers.

The report indicates three youth ministers in Northeast Georgia churches were arrested and charged with molesting minors in their congregations in the past four months.

  • A 33-year-old male Sunday school teacher was arrested on charges of child molestation after allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages to a 14-year-old boy’s phone.
  • A 21-year-old man who claimed to be a youth minister for the church was arrested for child molestation after inviting two teenage boys to a church festival and allegedly molesting one on a nature hike afterwards.
  • A 32-year-old man was arrested on charges of child molestation due to his alleged relationship with a 16-year-old girl who attended the same Church with him.

More churches are taking the time to run background checks on employees and volunteers to make sure their members are safe, especially since the majority of people trust church workers since they find it hard to suspect someone holding a position at a religious institution of wrongdoing, according to the report.

While parents should trust in their churches and other community groups, a police Sergeant working in the special victims unit who was quoted in the story said that parents should remain aware of who their children are with and always need to be on guard since child molesters can come from all walks of life and can be married or single.

Churches, like any organization, need to provide due diligence to ensure a safe workplace for everyone. Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a background check provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – offers background screening solutions for Faith-Based and Volunteer organizations by checking available resources such as sex offender registries, county courts, and utilizing an address information manager as a locater for additional criminal records checks.

Services in the ESR ‘Basic Volunteer Safety 1st Package’ include:

  • Criminal Search of selected criminal court records, state criminal repositories, probation, prison parole, and release files using the ESR proprietary National Multi-Jurisdictional Criminal Database. 
  • Sex Offender Search of the state-maintained registries, noting that each originating agency determines what is to be public information at that time and not all states release registries in their entirety.
  • Residence Address Search for the previous residence addresses of volunteers and employees.
  • Social Security Number (SSN) Search to find if the SSN has been issued and whether other names are associated with the same SSN.

For more information about background screening solutions for volunteer, youth, and faith-based organizations, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/services/Background-Screening-Solutions-Churches-Volunteer-Groups.php.

For a PDF document containing a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Church and Volunteer groups regarding background checks, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/docs/FAQs%20for%20Churches%20&%20Volunteer%20Groups%20%20v01-09.pdf.

Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco area, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen and is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) . To learn more about Employment Screening Resources, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com or contact Jared Callahan, ESR Director of Client Relations, at 415.898.0044 or jcallahan@ESRcheck.com.