[SCA-AE] ANNOUNCE: Background checks for youth.
carnabyservices at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 12 14:38:57 EDT 2007
Putting aside any discussion on the usefulness of background checks (if presumably anyone with a child molestation record would not be applying) and their necessity, as opposed to requiring larger numbers of adults to be supervising children's activities, this is a list of questions I, for one, would like to see addressed in a FAQ:
1. What is the name and address of the company doing the background checks?
2. What is their past record for data security?
2a. Precisely what information is being looked at? Only convictions for child-related offenses? Any arrests at all, whether child-related or not? Credit, civil convictions/lawsuits, bankruptcy, etc? It would seem a simple thing to provide details on what information is being searched.
3. What will each check cost? Will this company guarantee this rate for a number of years?
4. Who will pay for the background checks?
5. Who is actually required to get a check aside from a Barony's or group's warranted and elected children's officers such as the youth marshal and children's minister?
a. a marshal running an activity such as equestrian where minors are participating but where there are adults participating as well?
b. a cook who allows minors to help in the kitchen?
c. Anyone running an activity at an event that allows minors to participate?
6. Assuming the two-person rule for running a children's activity is followed, must both people be background-checked, or can one background-checked person supervise the other one?
7. If the Kingdoms are paying for the checks, will there be a limit placed per Barony or group? What would that limit be? Is there a time limit - i.e. what happens when we have four checked people, and the offices switch, necessitating four new checks, although the original four might still be valid - in other words, would there be a per year limit?
8. What are the eligibility requirements for people to be checked - i.e my husband is not a US citizen (and won't ever be unless Britain takes over the US again, LOL), but does have a social security number. If only a name and social security number is required, what steps does the company take and what additional information is required to verify that the person does, in fact, belong to that number?
I think that answers to these relatively simple questions might go a long way toward informing the populace...please feel free to forward this to the upper Powers that Be.
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