Here at GroupOne Background Screening, we’ve been checking on volunteers of our clients for over 20 years. Volunteers are screened for the same reason employers conduct background checks – to verify identity and eliminate problems that could arise from an undisclosed criminal history.
Laws requiring volunteer screenings ask for a check of criminal history and sex offender registries, especially in programs involving children.
Even without a legal requirement, most volunteer organizations believe it a necessity to “clear” their staffs. As with businesses, nonprofit organizations must provide safe environments for employees and children alike.
Parents have a legitimate right of assurance their children are safe, whether at school or weekend softball practice. But it goes much further. For adults responsible for their elderly parents, they want to know their loved one is not the target of abuse or crime.
Failure to maintain safety can destroy the hard-earned trust your organization has achieved, leading to loss of community support or lawsuits.
In addition, for your volunteer background screening to be covered by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), it should be conducted by a third-party screening company such as GroupOne.
When conducting proper volunteer screening, it’s not just about providing a “good faith” effort. It is about protecting those who oftentimes cannot protect themselves – our children and our elderly.
Some advantages of GroupOne’s Volunteer Background Screening include:
• Public safety;
• Legal compliance;
• Limitation of liability;
• Protection of the vulnerable;
• Customer assurance;
• Avoidance of loss of business.
When in doubt, let GroupOne “Clear your Volunteer.”