Background Screening Services
Church leaders want to make certain that the people working and volunteering in don’t pose a risk to others. Performing a background check is an important first step. However, the process can be confusing, and procedures can vary widely from state to state.
Administrators and clergy have multiple questions, such as: Should all employees be screened, regardless of their level of involvement with children? And should the scope of the search be nationwide or statewide? Others wonder exactly what information you need to know: Should you do a Social Security number trace, or a multi-state criminal records search? Or do you simply need to access the National Sex Offender Registry?
Because of the complicated nature of these searches, Church Insurance Agency Corporation (CIAC) has arranged with Praesidium, Inc., a national leader in abuse risk management, to provide background screening services to you at a reduced cost. Praesidium is the company with which CIAC worked to develop its Safeguarding training series. It is important to make sure our churches have an easy, cost-effective way to access background screening services. CIAC stresses the importance of running background screenings to make sure you really know who is working in your church. more
The Diocese of Atlanta contracts with Praesidium to perform background checks on persons being considered for hire. The same agreement is available to parishes as well as other Episcopal institutions who are members of the Diocese of Atlanta. If you want to learn more about this and use this service in your parish, please contact Praesidium at 800-743-6354.
Diocesan policies on before hiring
The Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse in the Diocese of Atlanta state that for any and all church personnel, paid or volunteer, who regularly work with or around children or youth, a criminal records check is required in any state where the applicant has resided during the past seven (7) years, and other states, if any, as determined by the church.
A driving or motor-vehicle records check is required for any person, regularly or occasionally working with or around children or youth who may be transporting them.
In addition to Praesidium, our office is aware of three other companies that offer these services through online searches: