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通过背景调查确保儿童的安全

MSNBC 的 Dateline 节目最近介绍了全国各地的儿童保育员以及犯罪分子的事实,其中许多人都有暴力的过去 是 有照看孩子的执照。这些人被判犯有的一些罪行包括虐待儿童、袭击甚至杀人。其中有几个人是在照顾低收入的孩子,所以连他们自己的工资都由国家支付。当被告知这种情况时,这些孩子的父母对犯罪分子正在照顾他们的孩子感到非常震惊。他们认为,在获得许可之前,他们的国家机构会进行背景调查,并排除这些人照顾他们的孩子。然而,情况并非总是如此。

事实是,每个州仍然 允许   到 在对照顾孩子的人进行背景调查时制定自己的法律法规。有些根本没有规定,而另一些则有非常严格的背景调查程序,儿童保育员在获得许可之前必须经过这些程序。只有一半 状态 在美国,需要对儿童保育员进行背景调查和指纹识别,只有 10 个州实际上要求在联邦资金用于支付这些儿童保育员的费用之前进行指纹识别。指纹识别通常可以访问国家搜索而不是本地搜索 全州 搜索。这种不一致为任何有犯罪历史的人敞开了大门,不仅要照顾 孩子们, 但也要用联邦资金为他们的工作获得报酬。

纽约等法规最严格的州,不仅根据联邦调查局的记录对其持证儿童保育员进行全面的全国犯罪背景调查,以消除那些可能有犯罪活动历史的人。

然而,可以做的一件事是让提供这些儿童保育员的机构自己进行全面的背景调查。使用像 GOOHO 这样的公司可以帮助消除那些有犯罪背景的人。

MSNBC’s Dateline program recently featured childcare workers across the country and the fact that there were criminals, many with a violent past that were licensed to take care of children. Some of the crimes that these people had been convicted of included child abuse, assault and even homicide. Several of these people were caring for children that lived in low-income situations, so even their own salaries were even paid by the state. When told about this situation, the parents of these children were absolutely shocked that criminals were taking care of their children. They had assumed that before being licensed, their state agencies would have performed background checks and eliminated these people from taking care of their children. This, however, is not always the case.

The truth is, every state is still allowed   to enact their own laws and regulations when it comes to background checks for those who take care of children. Some have no regulations at all while others have very strict background check procedures that childcare workers must go through before being licensed. Only half of states in the US require a background check and fingerprints for child care workers and only 10 states actually require fingerprinting before federal funds can be used to pay for these childcare workers. Fingerprinting typically gives access to a national search vs. just a local state wide search. This inconsistency leaves the door wide open for anyone with a criminal past to not only take care of children, but to also get paid for their work with federal money.

States with the most stringent regulations, like New York, not only put their licensed childcare workers through a full national criminal background check based on the FBI’s records in order to eliminate those who may have a history of criminal activity.

One thing that can be done, however, is for agencies that provide these childcare workers to carry out full background checks themselves. Using companies like backgroundchecks.com can help eliminate those who have criminal backgrounds. Using their US OneSEARCH product, agencies not only get immediate access to searches of sex offender registries, but they can also cast a much wider net across every state in the nation in multiple to search for criminal records. When using a company such as this, companies who hire childcare workers can help reduce the chances that children will be cared for by people with the wrong criminal background.

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