Volunteer criminal background check deal breakers
July 17, 2012 6:50 PM Subscribe
Volunteering with youth - criminal background check deal breakers?
posted by fieldtrip to Law & Government (17 answers total)
I serve on the Board of a small nonprofit that uses adult volunteers to work with kids in an outdoor setting. We conduct criminal background checks on volunteers and do not accept applicants who have sexual offenses, violent crimes or crimes against children on their record. Other infractions have been a judgment call but we are working to establish a more clear policy. Where do other organizations draw the line regarding criminal records including: misdemeanors, drug possession and other non-violent offenses, etc? (I don’t even know the right terms but hopefully you can infer what I mean.) Can you point me towards resources that provide guidance or sample policies? Are there any laws that govern this? I’m in Denver, Colorado if it matters.