NEW HAMPSHIRE: As the season for Summer camps is almost upon us revised state rules impose certain criteria for background checks. These new rules take in volunteer and paid workers. To those below the age of eighteen at both skills and traditional camps alternative criteria applies. Under 18’s require two reference letters in respect of fitness and propriety for work with minors/children.
Summer camps are monitored by the state Department of Environmental Services division. The Division states that violation of the new law will leave camps open to a fine of anything up to $2,000 per offense. Owing to confidentiality the state will not review criminal background checks along with references.
Those responsible for running camps are also responsible for having the proper staff in place. The onus therefore lies with the those operating the Summer camps. The implications if background checks are not done is potential civil liability. The new The requirements applies to workers spending more than 3 consecutive days with minors/children.
Legislation from 2013 has led to the expanded background checks. These take in skills camps offering instructions over an array of activities inclusive art, music and sports. A number of molestation related charges nationwide has prompted the new rules.
Some camps are hiring upwards to 150 employees which requires extensive background checks, references and the sex offenders database. Many states have anguished over the rules for those that volunteer with children. Invariably cost is a main consideration along with the inconvenience.
This week the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to narrow a recent state law requiring individuals working around children either as paid or as a volunteer to be subject to background checks. this week to further narrow a new state law that requires people who work with children on the job or as volunteers to undergo background checks.
Owing to the confidential nature of records pertaining to under 18’s New Hampshire State can’t request background checks. Alternatively potential employees have to submit 2 reference letters. One from a non relation confirming they have never harmed or threatened any one and are fit to work with children. Whether the new rules will have an affect on the number of skills camps this Summer remains to be seen.
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