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Answering Church Leaders’ Common Questions About Background Checks

Looking more closely at what is needed to effectively screen volunteers and employees who work with minors.

Answering Church Leaders’ Common Questions About Background Checks

Background checks can deter those with bad intentions from having quick and easy access to children, reveal crimes in a candidate's past that would make him or her unsuitable for service, and demonstrate that the church is exercising due diligence. But many churches often have questions about background checks. Below are answers to 11 of those most common questions:

1. What is a “background check”?

The term “background check” can be interpreted to mean a criminal records check, or reference checks and other screening procedures, or both. An independent report regarding the Penn State University child sex abuse scandal defines a "standard" background check for the university as a criminal history check, a sex and violent offender registry check, plus the following additional components for specific positions based on job-related need: educational verification ...

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  • June 12, 2015

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