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政府支付的托儿工作者没有得到适当的背景调查

儿童保育和发展基金最初的设计目标是帮助美国低收入家庭负担日托服务、保姆和其他儿童保育支持,但根据华盛顿自由灯塔最近的一篇文章,儿童保育和发展基金可能不会对其合作的员工进行适当的背景调查

Free Beacon文章指出,儿童保育和发展基金(一项由儿童和家庭管理局管理的计划)每年使用约 52 亿美元的政府资金来帮助支持所有 50 个州以及华盛顿特区的贫困家庭。该组织的使命很简单:为父母提供一种照顾孩子的方式,而无需他们错过工作时间。但是,如果对此类政府支付的儿童保育员的背景调查没有得到彻底的管理,那么父母可能会在将来使用它们之前三思而后行。

并不是说儿童和家庭管理局对过去的犯罪行为完全视而不见。发现 15 个国家正在进行适当的背景调查。与此同时,其他州正在遵循政府的背景审查指南,该指南规定“彻底”的背景调查涉及查看已知虐待儿童的州和国家登记处。

虽然犯罪记录登记筛查和虐待儿童检查显然在清除员工亲自承担儿童保育职责方面大有帮助,但它们并没有涵盖追踪危险犯罪行为的所有类型的来源。例如,大多数州都没有通过性犯罪者登记搜索来筛选儿童保育和发展基金的雇员。第三方背调公司 提供的核心数据库搜索包括对来自所有 50 个州的罪犯登记处的搜索,并且可以立即运行。考虑到儿童和家庭管理局和儿童保育与发展基金所推动的工作的敏感性,他们的大多数员工不需要接受性犯罪者登记检查,这有点令人担忧。

不出所料,儿童和家庭管理局现在提出了一套“更严格”的就业法规,包括更彻底的犯罪背景调查和对性犯罪者登记处的全面审查。尽管如此,事实证明,各州并不总是要求托儿工作者接受性犯罪者检查,这让全国许多父母感到震惊,现在可能会呼吁对托儿服务进行更全面的立法。

he Child Care and Development Fund was initially designed with the goal of helping low-income American families afford daycare services, nannies, and other childcare support, but according to a recent article from the Washington Free Beacon, the Child Care and Development Fund may not be doing proper background checks on the employees it works with.

The Free Beacon article states that the Child Care and Development Fund—a program managed through the Administration for Children and Families—uses some $5.2 billion in government funding each year to help support needy families in all 50 states, as well as in Washington D.C. The organization’s mission is simple: give parents a way to care for their children without requiring them to miss out on work hours. However, if background checks for such government-paid childcare workers are not being administered in a thorough fashion, it is likely that parents will think twice before using them in the future.

Not that the Administration for Children and Families is completely turning a blind eye to past criminal behavior. 15 States were found to be performing suitable background checks. The rest of the states, meanwhile, were following the administration’s background screening guidelines, which dictate that a “thorough” background check involves looking at state and national registries of known child abusers.

While criminal record registry screenings and child abuse checks obviously go a long way in clearing an employee for hands-on childcare duties, they don’t cover all types of sources that track dangerous criminal behavior. For instance, most states were not screening Child Care and Development Fund employees with a sex offender registry search. The core database search offered by backgroundchecks.com includes a search of offender registries from all 50 states and can be run instantly. Considering the sensitive nature of the work promoted by the Administration for Children and Families and the Child Care and Development Fund, it is a bit alarming that most of their employees are not required to undergo a sex offender registry check.

Unsurprisingly, the Administration for Children and Families is now proposing a “more stringent” set of employment regulations, included more thorough criminal background checks and full clearance checks of sex offender registries. Still, the fact that states have not always required childcare workers to undergo sex offender checks has proven alarming to many parents throughout the country, and may now lead to a call for more sweeping legislation regarding childcare services.

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