In the corporate world the use of background checks has
been a common practice for a long time.
Companies cannot afford the risk of hiring the wrong people. Bad hires can lead to lost revenue, lost
productivity and the possibility of negligent hiring lawsuits.
As time passes many organizations that rely on volunteers
are beginning to realize that they are just as at risk as any corporate
entity. Even more importantly, the fact
is many organizations use volunteers to help care for our most at risk
populations, the elderly and children.
In this sense it becomes absolutely essential that unqualified
candidates are screened out through a background check process.
An increasing number of volunteer organizations are
implementing background screening programs.
Even school districts have become more diligent and implemented formal
procedures to ensure that anyone who works inside a school is checked out.
I believe this trend will continue. Parents should be cautious of organizations
that recruit volunteers without having them go through a background check
Here are some recent stories that show different
organizations coming onboard with background checking their volunteers.
helps agencies recruit volunteers
Point council OKs criminal background checks
checks for parent volunteers?