Background checks and other sound practices for keeping kids safe

May 02, 2013

Earlier this week, we got fingerprinted as part of our annual background checks, and that reminded me to mention some new child protection resources available to you online since our Safe to Compete summit in March together with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.  After all, we can’t help our kids make a healthy transition to adulthood if we are not doing all that we can to keep them safe.

One very basic thing any youth-serving organization should do is run a background check on all staff and volunteers who are working with kids.  In order to help our partners with costs, we’ve worked together with First Advantage to provide you with discounted pricing on comprehensive background checks.

  • Check out the Child Protection section on the Materials page for links to all our resources, including a guide on pricing and background checks from First Advantage

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While the summit was limited in space, the event was streamed live and videos are now available online.  One of the results of Safe to Compete was “An Introduction to Sound Practices for Keeping Children Safer in Youth-serving Organizations,” which came out of the discussions with experts at the summit. 

Stay tuned for more resources to help you keep kids safe!  Comment below if there’s a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the Coaches Forum or