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  NCJ Number: NCJ 167248   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Guidelines for the Screening of Persons Working With Children, the Elderly, and Individuals With Disabilities in Need of Support
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): N S Davis ; K L Grasso ; K Dennis ; S J Wells ; M B Liss
  Date Published: 1998
  Page Count: 61
  Annotation: These guidelines present a logical decision model for the screening decisions of individuals and organizations who hire employees or recruit volunteers to work with and provide care to children, the elderly, and the disabled.
  Abstract: The guidelines do not mandate criminal record checks for all care providers but do present advice in establishing policies that encourage an appropriate level of screening based on specific situations. Suggested screening mechanisms include the Federal Bureau of Investigation's fingerprint-based criminal records check. The first step in the decision model involves an assessment of "triggers" that pertain to the setting in which care is provided, the level of employee or volunteer contact with the individual receiving care, and the vulnerability of the care receiver. The next step concerns weighing the availability of information, screening costs, and human resources needed to carry out the screening process. The third step involves the analysis and selection of appropriate screening practices to be used in addition to basic screening which includes reference checks, interviews, and written applications. The guidelines are intended to reduce the incidence of abuse by care providers, but they will not eliminate the problem. An example is provided that applies the decision model to the analysis and selection of screening practices. Appendixes contain additional information on child protection, criminal justice information services, the implementation of screening practices, and posthiring practices, as well as sample forms.
  Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
  Index Term(s): Background investigations ; Personnel selection ; Child abuse ; Crimes against children ; Persons with physical disabilities ; Criminal histories ; Abused children ; Crimes against the elderly ; Child victims ; Elderly victims ; OJJDP grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 92-MC-CX-0013
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

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United States of America
  Type: Guideline
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: OJJDP Summary
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