Background check red flags: what to watch for, what they indicate — and what to do if they arise

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Ministries need to be aware that even the best applicant on paper might not seem so squeaky clean after a background check. It’s important that church leaders have a standardized policy when it comes to identifying “red flags” that will disqualify someone from employment or volunteer positions. Even red flags such as behavior or character traits need to be thoughtfully weighed as they could expose the church to increased risk.

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Time to re-screen? Best practices for the long term

A Virginia church is at the center of every congregation’s worst nightmare: One of its former volunteers is accused of sexually abusing several children he met through the church.

The worst part is that these newest charges come six years after similar allegations plagued the man and the church.

Once a clean record, not always a clean a record.

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Protecting children in the church: the true cost of stewardship

Ministries have a bold task. You want — and need — to be good stewards of your communities and congregations. That can often lead to conflicting methodologies when it comes to balancing budgets.

While you want to devote the majority of your money to your missions, outreach and education programs, you also understand the importance of recruiting quality volunteers and employees, and prioritizing hiring procedures.

This, of course, has a dollar value, too.

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Protecting children in the church: background check myths

Background screening employees and volunteers is the most effective tool for keeping congregations safe. Yet, most ministries make major mistakes when implementing background check procedures.

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Policies and parameters: How to protect your church before tragedy strikes

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“[I]t wasn’t what occurred during the hiring process that put the children and church at risk; it was what didn’t occur after.”

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Appropriate boundaries for a healthy relationship with children

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We frequently ask ourselves questions such as, “What’s an acceptable way to show affection to youth in my care?” or “How should I react if a child runs up for a hug?”
These are important questions, because boundaries promote a lifetime of healthy relationships.

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Expanding abuse reporting requirements: Texas, South Carolina, Colorado and National Trends

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Legislative changes to child abuse reporting statutes can significantly impact daily operations of these organizations. Leadership must stay abreast of statutory changes in abuse reporting requirements.

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Never Again: The Little Things Really Do Count

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When it comes to risk management, a few extra steps — literally — can prevent a tragedy.

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Criminal background checks: top 5 questions

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Criminal background checks can deter those with bad intent from having quick and easy access to children, reveal crimes in a candidate’s past that would make him or her unsuitable, and demonstrate that the church is exercising due diligence.

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Screening staff and volunteers

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Religious organizations are a community within themselves, built on faith and trust.

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