All adults working with youth and other at-risk participants should be submitted to a background check to help ensure the safety of all participants. Below are the background check recommendations provided by our insurance underwriter:
- A national background check should be conducted because state systems do not share information.
- Require annual background checks for ALL staff and volunteers that interact with clients, particularly youth and at-risk participants. If a volunteer is only doing behind the scenes work (office, scheduling, etc.) then a background check is not required, but still recommended.
- To assist chapters that do not currently have a background screening process in place, DSUSA has established a “parent” account with the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI). Any chapter can establish a “child” account under Disabled Sports USA which waives the $100 start-up fee. After establishing an account, chapters are able to conduct Full Service Screens for $20 (valid for 2 years).
Full Service Screen Includes:
- Two national criminal database searches covering 50 states, DC, Guam and Puerto Rico
- Two Sex Offender Registry database searches for 49 states, DC, Guam and Puerto Rico
- Social Security Number verification
- Address history records
- Office of Foreign Assets Control federal terrorist database searches
- County Courthouse search
- Automatic re-check of single national database and sex offender registry six months after first screen
To establish an account through NCSI:
- Go to www.ncsisafe.com
- Select “Apply for New Account” from the menu on the left side of the page
- Fill out all required fields, and “Create Account”
- Enter DISA1641 in the “Parent ID” field
- An NCSI representative will contact you concerning the rest of your account set up