Background Checks: Protecting Children & Church Risk

Most churches have implemented a child protection program that includes background checks.


Most people with sketchy histories don’t apply, but we receive calls just about weekly from churches that have run a background check and something comes up.


It is extremely important to protect your church with tools like an Employee Handbook and Church Employee Background Screening. Of course, your good judgment is the most valuable guide, but sometimes a list of disqualifiers can help.

We don't want to be offensive, but here are 34 offenses that should disqualify someone from volunteering in the youth ministry.

  1. sexual assault of a child

  2. physical abuse of a child

  3. kidnapping

  4. incest

  5. sexual exploitation of a child

  6. causing mental harm to a child

  7. use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime

  8. soliciting a child for prostitution

  9. sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or younger

  10. exposure

  11. possession of child pornography

  12. child sex offender working with children

  13. registered sex offender photographing children

  14. child neglect

  15. contributing to truancy

  16. strip searches by school employees

  17. leaving loaded firearm accessible to a minor

  18. receiving stolen property from a child

  19. tattooing a child

  20. battery

  21. battery or threat to a witness

  22. battery or threat to a judge

  23. battery to an unborn child

  24. sexual exploitation by a therapist

  25. sexual assault

  26. reckless injury

  27. injury by negligent handling of a firearm

  28. injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle

  29. abuse of persons at risk

  30. child unattended in a child care vehicle

  31. stalking

  32. hazing

  33. mayhem

  34. sexting with a child

Our job as a church insurance company is to help you mitigate church risk, but protecting children should be everyone's top priority.

We have a large library of information to protect your church. Feel free to take it back to your leadership team or board. Or you can call our team at any time if you have questions. 800.843.6054

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