Audit Sheds Light on Spotty Volunteer and Employee Screening Practices by Youth Services Providers

Background Check Practices Audited by NY Office of State Comptroller

Seven of eight municipalities audited by the New York Office of the State Comptroller did not conduct background checks on all individuals charged with delivering youth program services, according to a report submitted by the Division of Local Government and School Accountability.

The report examined screening practices for volunteers, employers and contractors, providing comprehensive results and recommendations for local government officials to “use in effectively managing operations and in meeting the expectations of their constituents.”

While the audit pertains specifically to New York municipalities, all jurisdictions should take note as this lack of consistency in screening processes poses a significant risk both to youth and the programs in which they participate.

View Complete Report: Background Checks at Municipal Youth Programs

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