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Screening of VBS Workers

With Memorial Day kicking off the unofficial start of summer, many churches are gearing up for their summer programming including, Vacation Bible School, or VBS. With many exciting options for VBS, churches often have a need for volunteer workers well beyond those who regularly help out with Sunday School or nursery classes.

One safeguard that shouldn’t be overlooked is to screen potential VBS volunteer workers before they are allowed to be with the children attending your church’s VBS. A criminal background check can help to show that your church is exercising due diligence in screening those who are put in positions of trust involving children, and can help deter those with bad intentions from seeking a position with the children or youth in your church.

GuideOne Insurance policyholders have access to the company’s Check & Protect background check program, which offers screenings at discounted prices and is powered by SingleSource Services. SingleSource Services has experience with more than 2,000 companies from various industries, and has long-standing relationships with church groups and their individual ministries. They can advise on the best approach to conduct background checks, including which jurisdictions to search and whether to conduct county searches. As part of their background check services, they educate their customers on how to utilize the information presented in their reports, identifying possible red flags, while strictly adhering to EEOC and FCRA compliance requirements.

A full-service program, Check & Protect provides comprehensive background checks with outstanding customer service. For more information, visit and click on the Background Checks tab.

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