The safety of the girl is the most important consideration in the appointment of a volunteer. In order to safeguard the girls in our care, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio has joined with Girl Scouts of the USA to develop a system for conducting criminal background checks on all volunteers and all paid staff.
The background checks are completed by Asurint.
Through the Asurant website, the applicant must enter their name, date of birth, and their social security number. Girl Scouts of North East Ohio does not receive this information. Asurint uses the information to report on the criminal history of the individual. This report is used to determine eligibility for a volunteer position with this organization. Your social security number on the criminal history records check shall be used for NO other purpose other than to make the process for conducting a background search more accurate.
This background check includes criminal records searches of convictions, arrests, court records, inmate records, and sex offender registries. It does not include credit checks.
The decision to exclude or limit an individual's participation as a volunteer or paid staff member is solely within the discretion of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, the nature and severity of the crime, and the length of time since the criminal conduct occurred. Girl Scouts of North East Ohio shall review each applicant's record on a case-by-case basis.
The Girl Scouts of North East Ohio will maintain the confidentiality of all criminal background information, including information regarding disqualification decisions.
According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you have the right to obtain a free copy of any consumer report from Asurint within 60 days of the day when any adverse action is taken against you based on the report. You also have 30 days to report and dispute the results you believe to be incorrect or incomplete to Asurant, who is the reporting source. Girl Scouts of North East Ohio will rely upon the information contained in the criminal history report until a corrected report has been provided.
Please contact GSNEO to receive the contact information for the Asurint representative who will assist you with this process.