Originally posted on the International Nanny Association Blog
The International Nanny Association (INA) has learned about an individual with a criminal past being hired as a nanny in Austin, Texas. A KXAN newscast concerning this individual did find a pattern of criminal behavior that was not discovered prior to being hired to care for a child. The child involved in this case was not harmed, but we are reminded for the need to conduct a thorough background check on all individuals that are being considered to care for our family members.
The INA has worked to professionalize the nanny industry by setting high standards for industry professionals and nanny agencies. These standards include recommended practices for background screenings. By conducting a thorough background check, agencies and families that hire nannies can easily find patterns of misbehavior or an actual criminal history. In addition, it is very important to check with a prospective individual’s previous employers and references to ensure the individual is a good fit. Running background checks on individuals cost money and take a little time, but extensive precautions must be taken when hiring an individual to care for your loved ones.
Learn more about our Recommended Practices for Background Screenings