ERIC Number: ED411397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Hiring the Right People: Guidelines for the Selection and Screening of Youth-Serving Professionals and Volunteers.
National School Safety Center, Malibu, CA.; Missing and Exploited Children Comprehensive Action Program, Arlington, VA.
This booklet, which is intended for individuals involved in screening and selecting professionals and volunteers to work in programs serving young people, presents and examines guidelines that were developed jointly by the National School Safety Center (NSSC) and the Missing and Exploited Children Comprehensive Action Program (M/CAP). Chapter 1 emphasizes the importance of safeguarding children and outlines the objectives and activities of the M/CAP and NSSC. Discussed in chapter 2 are the following considerations in hiring: rationale for and limitations of background checks; costs of failure to screen potential employees thoroughly; development of effective personnel policies; aggressive screening; criminal background checks; creation of a spirit of cooperation; and obstacles impeding use of comprehensive record screening and background checks in schools and youth service agencies. Also included in chapter 2 are a screening policy statement, guidelines for screening and selecting employees and/or volunteers, and sample authorization and disclosure forms. Chapter 3 explains the tort of negligent hiring and considers the issues of conducting reasonable investigations and sovereign immunity. The good and bad news concerning record screening is summarized in chapter 4. Chapter 5 covers the policy intent of sex offender registration laws as well as their content and effectiveness. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Prevention (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National School Safety Center, Malibu, CA.; Missing and Exploited Children Comprehensive Action Program, Arlington, VA.