Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Background Checks (long)
Background Checks (long)
Sat, 10 Apr 1999 10:58:57 EDT
Okay. As a parent would you let your child stay with a day care provider
that you had not checked every nook and cranny that was on a reference list,
be it personal or work related. I think not. It doesn't matter if the
application has a reference for "one week VBS teacher" find out which church
and call them. Ask about who was in the class. If they belong to other
organizations, (PTA, 4-H, VFW, or VFW Women's Aux, etc) It doesn't matter.
Call these places. If they are employed, call them, If they were in a
different council or unit, call them. It is worth all of this trouble to
know that you have checked on a person's background good enough. There are
ways of finding out. If the person is young, ask where they went to school
or college. Call them.
Above all, though, be up front with the applicant. Tell them that you are
going to check every reference. If a person has a problem with you asking
the questions. That should be your first flag. That would be a very good
reason for me not to want that person with my child, much less the ones whose
parents have entrusted you as Unit Leader or Committee with the most
cherished thing in their life. If a unit doesn't want to check the
backgrounds, and are haphazard about references. FIND ANOTHER ONE, OR BETTER
YET, implement ways to make sure that references start getting checked.
A child, be it yours, or the neighbor that you do not like, has got to be the
most precious gift from God. It's worth a few hours of your time to make
sure that they have the leadership that is necessary to protect them. It
doesn't matter if it takes all day to follow up on one person's references.
DO IT. And be glad you did it.
Every child deserves and demands the respect you give them, by putting a
little effort into selecting leadership that will protect them.
I'm off of my soapbox now. You can tell this is a very touch subject with
me. I won't go into details, but because someone slipped through the
"cracks", is not a good enough excuse when it comes to protecting a child.
AND IT HAPPENS!
I'm sorry this is so long. This a subject that should be real easy to
explain. It is not negotiable. BSA Policy is very clear and doesn't change.
PROTECT THESE PRECIOUS LITTLE GIFTS FROM GOD!
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 374, Committee Chairman Pack 376, Unit
Commissioner, YPT Trainer
All Right, fate, take your best shot, and then leave me alone till the next