Determining Relevant Criminal Offenses

One of the most important aspects of establishing guidelines for use of criminal background checks in volunteer screening is to determine relevant offenses. Specifically, within the context of the nonprofit’s mission, what offenses should be considered relevant for not accepting a volunteer application. Relevance generally relates most directly to the function of specific positions within the organization.

When to Background Check

Some organizations will even limit the use of criminal background checks to those positions with substantial direct contact with children (as defined by state law), or who will be working in the homes of vulnerable individuals.

Check Laws and Regulations

Care must always be taken to account for state and local regulations and laws. Some have screening or licensing requirements for just those kinds of positions.

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