Child Protection Clearances and Do You Need Them For Your Studio?

Do your instructors have child protection clearances?  Does your state mandate them?  Even if they don't, it's a good idea to make sure all of your staff have background checks to protect you, your business and to mitigate risk.

My studio is located in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania has very strict child protection laws.  Parents can't even volunteer in school without obtaining child abuse and background clearances.  Other states also mandate these checks if anyone over the age of 18 is interacting with anyone under the age of 18, whether it's teaching, volunteering, and/or working.

Even if you state doesn't require these clearances, it is a good idea to make sure all of your instructors have background checks along with child abuse history clearances.  This makes sure you are hiring the best possible staff for your studio and also reassures the parents that they are sending their children to a safe facility.

Because our state mandates these documents, parents constantly ask if our instructors have their clearances.  We keep them on file at the studio and they have to be updated every two years.  

In Pennsylvania, the clearances that we require our instructors to complete are:

* Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

* Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check

* FBI Criminal History Background Check

It's really important to understand what your state guidelines are regarding the requirements.  When your number one priority is to keep your kids safe, it's important to run a more comprehensive search, not necessarily the requirements from your state, but also what you feel is acceptable in your business.

So as you think about what needs to be marked off your list to start the new year, especially in this new world, think about the safety of your dancers and the protection of your studio.  



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