Re: Background checks
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 22 Oct 1993 09:38:03 CDT
> With the discussion on youth protection the question comes up, what
> should be done for background checks? -----
It is quite clear in the training program, and in many places within the
materials for Youth Protection. The application of an adult for a position in
the unit is to be checked by the committee chairman (call the references) and
if further investigation is deemed needed, the C.Org. Rep. should check into
the individual's references and background, and the council execs are the only
ones who should be checking the actual "police" records. Remember, no one
convicted of a felony may join our program, thus, the council execs are to
screen for this possibility as a "norm" part of the procedure of registering.
I would think that if a man states, Yes, I have been arrested that the exec
should take this as a cue to check.
However, I KNOW for a fact that in Chicago Area Council this is not done, even
if the new potential leader states he has a record. And THAT, guys and gals is
why we have Youth Protection programs, and ever tightening requirements. Lack
of follow through? Laziness? Who knows! When a boy's safety is at hand, does
it matter? The only thing we can do is do everything we can to enforce our
policies and safety precautions.
p.s. sorry - this is one of my soapboxes!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City