|1. Have a written screening policy
||It should be included in any organization’s policies and procedures, and comminicated to everyone.
||Publish your policies and obtain agreements from your volunteers online.
|2. Provide job descriptions for every position
||Doing so creates boundaries for volunteers, who should be required to read, sign and date the written descriptions.
||Publish your own job descriptions and obtain agreement from your volunteers online.
|3. Obtain completed application form for all positions
||Required information should include name, address, references and employers. Insist that every potential volunteer complete a form, regardless of how desperate the organization is for “warm bodies.”
||Collect the application forms and store them securely online.
|4. Obtain a signed and dated consent form
||This informs volunteers of investigations into their backgrounds and protects an organization against potential invasion-of-privacy claims by having volunteers authorize the checks.
||Collect the authorizations and store them securely online.
|5. Review references and employer information
||This helps determine whether the volunteer possesses the basic necessities for a given position.
||Collect references and keep notes of your discussions online.
|6. Interview the applicant
||Develop a standard routine to save time and allow for consistency. Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions.
||Ask interview and/or screening questions online.
|7. Conduct a criminal background check
||If resources are scarce, ask your volunteers to help pay for background checks.
||Built-in background checks. Securely collect credit card information from volunteers online.
|8. Review procedures and provide continuous oversight of volunteers
||Evaluate screening results and determine what makes a particular volunteer undesirable. Document decisions, and periodically evaluate a volunteer’s performance.
||Background reports are reviewed and scored for your, plus get re-screen reminders.
|9. Provide training for all volunteers and hold them accountable
||Make your volunteers complete the necessary training for the position and hold them accountable. For positions that involve interaction with youth they should receive Child Safety Training.
||Volunteers take your online child safety training, quiz, and receive certificates of training.