As the piece points out, the Boy Scouts make all volunteers go through criminal checks to ensure that there are no persons working with children who should not be. In fact, the Boy Scouts keeps files on all individuals who have been deemed as unacceptable… and they have done so since the 1920s.
Have the Boy Scouts had their issues with bad hiring decisions? Certainly. But they’ve also put into place excellent measures along the way. And your organization (or the organization where your son or daughter is attending classes, sports, etc.) could take a page out of the Scouts’ progress in this arena.
If you don’t currently background check volunteers and/or employees, you need to start doing so. No agency or business can afford the backlash of a critical error in judgment that could have been prevented.
USA Swimming has concluded that many previously-convicted child molesters have been able to slip through incomplete background checking systems and snag coaching positions that allow them to continue to abuse young persons.
As a result of this investigation, more complete background checks (including more in-depth criminal ones) will now be mandated for USA Swimming coaches. As always, we encourage parents of any sport-playing child to demand that any person working with their youngster — whether volunteer or paid staff — be completely vetted.
After all, no organization — even the large USA Swimming — can afford this kind of national scandal.