Anyone who has access to or works with children, youth, or vulnerable adults will have a background check prior to interaction with them. The initial check should cover three years prior to service with subsequent background checks every two years. Background checks include but are not limited to criminal record checks, sexual predatory list checks, social security number check, address history check, and employment history check.
There are many background check choices available. MinistrySafe is recommended. It will deliver Web-based solutions that promote truth, support informed decision making, protect people and instigate transformation through professional background screening. Also, congregations and camps should set up a standardized procedure for vetting the information on the Sex Offender Registry, which is publicly accessible. Consult legal counsel before proceeding as there are many employment laws that could govern these unique situations.
Background check information by Church Mutual can be found here.