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Q&A: What Crimes Disqualify Someone from Working with Kids?

Find out what criteria your state uses.

Our church youth group is planning a short-term missions trip later this summer. We are conducting background checks, including criminal records checks, for the adults who will be going on the trip. We discovered that one of the adult workers has a 2002 conviction for resisting arrest, which is a Class A misdemeanor. Can we use him?

Your church has a legal duty to exercise reasonable care in the selection of persons who will be supervising or working with minors. One way to meet this standard is to align your selection practices to those used by other major youth-serving charities, including the public schools in your state. I have checked your state statutes, and there is a statute that lists those crimes that will disqualify a person from teaching in public schools. Those crimes include sexual assault of a child; physical abuse of a child; causing mental harm to a child; sexual exploitation ...

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  • November 1, 2007

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