HOW TO USE COMMIT TO KIDS

STEP 5: HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Hiring the right people is crucial to building a child-safe organization. A well-defined process that includes policies on recruitment, interviewing, screening, and employment offers will help keep sex offenders from working or volunteering in your organization.

Did you know criminal record checks do NOT:

  • Identify arrests that did not result in convictions
  • Necessarily include convictions from other jurisdictions in Canada

Did you know child abuse registry checks do NOT:

  • Capture every individual who has abused a child

Interview Process:

Sex offenders do not look strange or act sinister. Rather than judging a candidate based on appearance, pay attention to situations and behaviours. Be aware of adults who seem to cross boundaries with children or have distorted perceptions of appropriate relationships.

Ask situational and behavioural questions like:

  • What would you do if a child in your organization said s/he was attracted to you?
  • What age or gender do you like to work with? Why? Give some examples of your experience with this age group.
  • What would you do if you noticed a child being picked on by another employee?
  • How would you build a relationship with a child?

OUTCOME: Your organization will create a more robust process for recruiting, interviewing, screening and hiring better employees to work with children.

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Child-serving organizations must have screening tools in place to ensure they hire the right people to work with children.