“We try to make things as safe as possible for children so the parents can be ensured there's a safe environment there,” said Tom Shanahan, Public Information Officer for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Many jobs now require background checks. That is especially important when your job involves the well-being of someone else's child. In Idaho, this background check begins with a finger print.
Once they have the finger print, they can do a check that includes all National, State & Local Registries. This means that they can look at the Federal Bureau of Investigations national criminal history background check system, the State Bureau criminal identification, the statewide child abuse registries, state driving records, and the federal and state sex offender registries. This provides a comprehensive check that should give employers a thorough review before hiring an applicant.
Some childcare centers conduct an additional reference check, as well as, a criminal background check. Not only do traditional day care facilities require background checks, but at-home daycares need them as well. In some states, the criminal background checks are required for anyone in the home over the age of 13. This is done because of the need to keep our younger population safe. This is a great way to make sure that people who are hired do not any kind of criminal background.