PURPOSE

It is the intent of this policy to establish certain guidelines wherein Street 2 Street (hereinafter referred to as “S2S”) can seek to protect our program participants by investigating the background of employees, coaches and volunteers (hereinafter referred to as “candidates”) who will be involved in S2S approved programs.

GENERAL

  1. Criminal background screenings are conducted by an outside third party who specializes in such work.
  2. Any person who has been found guilty, pled guilty; or pled no contest, regardless of adjudication, or has a pending charge pertaining to, any of the disqualifying offenses listed in this policy will be immediately disqualified from employment, coaching and/or volunteer positions with S2S. S2S also reserves the right to disqualify a person for any crime that would be considered a potential risk to children and/or vulnerable populations. A candidate who willfully fails to comply with this background screening policy shall be automatically disqualified.
  3. This policy will apply to all S2S employees, coaches and volunteers. If a church or other partnering organization already conducts background screenings on coaches and/or volunteers participating in a S2S event, these screenings will be accepted if appropriate verification is provided to S2S. If there is any doubt as to who should be screened, the general rule is the policy applies to anyone who would potentially have access to children in a S2S approved program. S2S full-time and part-time year round employees will be screened prior to their start of employment and are subject to a random background check at any time while employed at S2S. Seasonal employees will be screened annually. Each coach/volunteer will be screened every 24 months for as long as he or she continues participating in S2S programming.

The criminal background screening is mandatory, there are no exceptions.

SCREENING PROCESS

All employees, coaches or volunteers must sign a Release for Criminal History which gives S2S the right to check criminal history records and verify social security numbers. This release and screening is executed directly, through www.protectyouthsports.com, and the secure URL at which candidates can execute their S2S background check is: https://opportunities.averity.com/Street2Street

The cost associated with these background screenings will be paid for by the employee, coach, or volunteer.

No other personal information (e.g. work history, financial, credit, etc.) is checked or researched. The company executing background checks has agreed to such terms contractually, and confirms such direction annually.

The third party contractor conducting the checks will cross-reference the screening results with the disqualifying crimes listed in this policy. A pass/fail grade will then be relayed to S2S based on the cross-reference. A pass grade for any individual who has zero disqualifying crime matches, a fail grade for any individual who has one or more disqualifying crime matches. All information pertaining to the background check will remain with the third party contractor, subject to the applicable laws requiring disclosure. S2S will not be informed of the results of any background check; rather, S2S will only be issued a pass/fail grade for each individual.

If the third party contractor reports any “fail” grades to S2S, S2S shall notify the individual that he or she is disqualified for their desired position. Upon request, the individual will receive a copy of the background check from the third party contractor.

CONFIDENTIALITY

To help ensure confidentiality, S2S should not be notified of an individual’s criminal history. The criminal background reports shall be kept in a secure location by the third party contractor for a period as required by applicable law.

APPEALS PROCESS

If an individual’s background check includes a charge set forth on the list of disqualifiers below, S2S shall immediately disqualify a person from their position. There shall be no appeal of a decision to disqualify an individual, if the individual’s relevant criminal history is accurate; all decisions are final.

If an individual wishes to dispute the content of the profile report, he or she shall contact the third party responsible for conducting the background check by calling the telephone number listed on the report. The individual is responsible for providing any or all documentation to support his or her claim.

DISQUALIFYING CRIMES

If an individual (1) has been convicted of, (2) has a charge pending against him or her in which it is alleged that he or she has committed any of the following crimes, or (3) has a record of a conviction of an equivalent offense in another state, he or she will be disqualified from any position with S2S.

 All Sex Offenses

Examples include, but are not limited to: child molestation, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, prostitution, solicitation, indecent exposure, etc.

All Felony Violence Offenses

Examples include, but are not limited to: murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary, etc.

All Felony offenses other than violence or sex within the past ten (10) years.

Examples include, but are not limited to: drug offenses, theft, embezzlement, fraud, child endangerment, etc.

All Misdemeanor Violence offenses within the past seven (7) years.

Examples include, but are not limited to: simple assault, battery, domestic violence, hit and run, etc.

Two (2) Misdemeanor Alcohol offenses within the past five (5) years or three (3) or more offenses within the past ten (10) years.

Examples include, but are not limited to: driving under the influence, drunk and disorderly, public intoxication, etc.

All Misdemeanor Drug offenses within the past five (5) years or two (2) or more offenses within the past ten (10) years.

Examples include, but are not limited to: simple drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, etc.

Any other misdemeanor within the past five (5) years that would be considered a potential danger to children.

Examples include, but are not limited to: contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to a minor, etc.

WHY THESE CRIMES?

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has reviewed the resources of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and sought the counsel of recognized background screening experts to develop a set of Recommended Guidelines for Volunteer Background Screening in park and recreation settings. These guidelines were produced as a result of this review.