As part of a thorough background investigation, it is of course essential to check whether a nanny candidate is a registered sex offender. This is accomplished for you when you choose a reputable agency through which to hire your nanny. If you opt instead to do the screening yourself, then you’ll need to know where to look. So today we’re sharing a list of the five best ways to make sure your nanny is not a registered sex offender:
- National Sex Offender Public Website (DOJ) – This official database, maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice, is a joint effort to combine registries of the various jurisdictions that keep such records. It is, therefore, the most comprehensive and reliable source available.
- State Sex Offender Registry – In addition to the national registry, check registries in any and all states in which the nanny has ever lived or worked. Cross-referencing will help to confirm your findings, as well as point out any inconsistencies that may bear further investigation.
- Find Out What’s Reported, and Where – In order to interpret your findings, it’s important to know what offenses are included in specific jurisdictions where you will be doing your search. That information can be found here.
- Check References – Consult with previous employers in particular, ask them what their impressions were of the nanny; how she was with the children, whether there was ever any cause for concern, etc. Get as detailed a profile as possible. It may not eliminate the possibility of a problem, but it could help identify any red flag issues.
- Hire Through An Agency – Reputable nanny agencies stake those reputations on hiring only the best candidates. They are also well-versed and thorough in the screening process. To ensure that an in-depth exhaustive background investigation is done, it is always best to leave it to the professionals.