Background Checks for babysitters: A few Important Steps
As a parent, you want to ensure that your child is receiving optimal care when you are away. A babysitter background check can provide the comfort that you need along with that added assurance that you have hired the right person.
How does the background check work?
The background check provides so much more than an employment or credit check. The background check provides the following:
Identity Verification: To run a babysitter background check, the babysitter’s full name, social security number and driver’s license number is needed to confirm his or her identity. If a babysitter is not a U.S. citizen, you’ll need his or her passport number and work permit for identity verification.
Criminal Records: The criminal records check allow you to review a babysitter’s history of arrests, misdemeanor and felony convictions and and incarcerations. CriminalWatchDog recommends obtaining the babysitter’s address history for the past seven years as this additional information will help determine if a state or national criminal records check is necessary.
Driving Records: The local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can provide a copy the babysitter's driving records. These records will reflect the babysitter’s history of traffic and speeding tickets and other driving violations.
Sex Offender Registry: The U.S. Department of Justice maintains a public access file which provides information on sex offender data nationwide. The history of sexual abuse or crimes of a potential babysitter, if applicable, can be located here.
Child Abuse and Neglect Records: The child abuse and neglect records of every state is different. Further, state laws vary relative to child abuse and neglect records disclosure. Contact your local child protective services department to find out if you are able to screen a babysitter for past child abuse and neglect.
Babysitter Hiring Hints.
Use a Babysitter Service.
Care.com, UrbanSitter and other online services can allow you to quickly screen potential babysitters in your local area. Theses services also perform babysitter background checks and provide you with the opportunity to meet with a babysitter before you finalize your hiring decision. To determine if an online babysitter search service fulfills your needs, find out how the service works and read client reviews.
Conduct an Initial Babysitter Interview.
A face-to-face meeting is a must if you feel that a candidate is a good fit. This meeting allows you to speak directly to a potential babysitter, learn about his or her background and expertise and receive responses (face-to-face) regarding any concerns or questions. This face-to-face interview also provides the babysitter with a a chance to ask you questions and determine if this relationship is a good fit for both parties.
Learn about a babysitter’s basic first aid and CPR expertise
It is vital that a potential babysitter is prepared for all emergencies including a cardiac emergency. Ask a babysitter if he or she has received basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Then, find out how he or she may respond to pediatric cardiac emergencies.
Babysitter background checks frequently help a parent differentiate an ordinary babysitter from an exceptional one. If you conduct a comprehensive babysitter background check, you can receive insights into a babysitter’s background that you are unlikely to obtain elsewhere. Best of all, a babysitter background check can help you make an informed babysitter hiring decision that both you and your child can enjoy for years to come.
Three Dangers DURING SUMMER
Now that summer is here, it can be a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. However, there is also the risk of injuries and accidents and other immediate and long-lasting health problems.
There are many things you can do to stay safe during the summer. Let’s look at three dangers that are often present in the summer, along with tips to address these issues.
Heat exhaustion can occur when the body gets too hot, and is related to excessive exposure to high temperatures and humidity and intense physical activity. A few heat exhaustion symptoms include:
Dehydration can happen when the body doesn't get enough water. There are many physical symptoms associated with dehydration. These symptoms often include:
Extreme heat makes people more susceptible to dehydration during summer, but there are several things you can do to limit the risk of dehydration. These preventative measures include:
Unintentional drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States. Approximately 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, CDC reports. Among these people, two are age 14 or younger.
Understanding the risks associated with unintentional drowning is imperative. If you intend to swim at a beach or pool this summer, there are a few things you can do to prevent unintentional drowning emergencies. These preventative measures include:
There are many summer dangers to consider and we've only discussed three. If you prepare for summer dangers, you can stay safe during camping trips, trips to the pool, and other outdoor activities. First and foremost, you can be better prepared to enjoy a healthy and active summer participating in your favorite summer activities.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.