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Pope’s Visit to America Renews Quest to Have Priests Background Checked

Millions of U.S. Catholics applauded Pope Francis when he first arrived on American soil, but for families at the center of the Catholic Church pedophile scandal, it was another opportunity to condemn the church’s actions and to hold it accountable for priests’ crimes. It’s a sobering reminder of the importance of background screening for all

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Three Key Elements to a Screening Policy

If you don’t already have an employee/volunteer screening policy, you need one. It’s non-negotiable. A thorough screening policy will not only help protect your religious organization and the people within it from psychopaths, it will safeguard your church against any legal action that might be taken should a predator/thief/fraudster/etc. slip through your ranks. But not

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Improve the Safety of Your Vacation Bible School

Ministries across the country are becoming increasingly concerned with protecting the children they serve. Pennsylvania has really lead the charge because of a new state law overhauling its child protection policies. The new law expands the requirements for, and scope of, background checks for people who work or volunteer with children. The law demands that

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Do Your Volunteers (and employees) Wonder Why They’re Being Screened? Here’s What to Tell Them.

National Volunteer Week is just around the corner and that means many people will be seeking useful ways to volunteer their time and help their communities. This year, National Volunteer Week runs April 12 – 18. Any group – like a non-profit agency or faith-based organization – who could benefit from a few more helping

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Child Safety Training More Important Than Ever Thanks to New Laws

It’s always a step in the right direction when states move to protect our innocent children from abusive predators. Even though the details might be overwhelming or confusing at the start, it’s imperative that organizations, including all faith-based groups, implement them as soon as possible. Pennsylvania took such action in 2014 when its state legislature

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Student Ministry Makes Smart Move – Background Checks for Volunteers

There is a beautiful resurgence happening on a longtime religious property in Northwest Georgia. The Polk Haralson Christian Life Center in the Antioch Community, locally known as Camp Antioch, is now blossoming with visitors and wildlife after a major facilities upgrade project and a wildlife habitat certification from the The National Wildlife Federation. More than

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Did You Know?

Did you know that according to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the government views volunteer personnel as unpaid employees? Organizations are often unaware of this information; as a result, they overlook very important measures to complete the screening process correctly. The majority of these FCRA requirements begin to surface in the event that a

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