As a parent, your child’s safety is likely of the utmost concern. When someone comes into your home to watch your child, you want to ensure that the person does not pose a threat to your family or your home. One of the ways that you can make sure the person who cares for your child is someone you can trust is to perform a criminal background check.
Sites like Intelius offer ways to perform these checks by entering the name of the person as well as other information that you have, such as a birthday or address.
Keep in mind that not every background check could be reliable. People might use a different name. There could be details that aren’t presented because they are minor.
For most people who apply for a caregiver position, there are usually no red flags given because the person knows that you are trusting them with your child. However, if someone is only out to get money or has a sketchy past, then there is a possibility that something might show up when the information is seen.
As you begin to get a better idea of the person you want to hire to come to your home or the person you plan to take your child to, you’ll begin to get a sense of the character of that person. You can see addresses, which can indicate how many times a person has moved in the past. You can see previous jobs that the person has and if the person has been fired from positions. Although this information might not have any bearing on how the person cares for your child, it can give you an idea as to how this person interacts with other people.
Many background checks look for things other than crimes that the person has committed and any court information that is listed in the system. The check often looks for motor vehicle records as well. Many background checks look for information over the past seven to 10 years.
If you want the person to take your child home from school or to other locations, then you need to examine the traffic history of the person so that you know your child is safe while in the vehicle. Try to use a background service that offers instant results. You should also try to use a service that features direct questions that you can answer and that offers the most details in the results.
You may also want to look into the signs of a good daycare center as an option as well.