How to run a background check: a step-by-step guide

Here’s a step by step guide to performing background checks for your organization. 

  1. Decide who you will be background screened.
    (hint: For child abuse prevention best practices, the answer is EVERYONE)
  2. Choose which kind of background check you will use.

There are two major kinds of background checks: Database Searches and Fingerprint Screening. Deciding which kind of background check may be determined by your state or or municipality. For example, some states mandate a fingerprint-based background check of all school personnel and coaches, regardless whether they are paid employees or volunteers, so your organization may have no choice. It must do a fingerprint screening and very likely an FBI level fingerprint screening for Federal crimes. 

Your screening vendor will be your best resource to guide you in the current options on how to run a background check, as screening is highly regulated and subject to continual legislative changes, both nationally and locally. 

Did you know that Compass training provides integrated background screening? Learn how to run a an integrated background check for your organization here.