Up to 35% of Los Angeles County Child Welfare Workers have No Background Check

By Michael Klazema on 3/7/2012

It has come to light that an estimated 35% of all county child welfare workers in Los Angeles County have never gone through a criminal background check. The county Board of Supervisors has ordered that employees who slipped through the cracks immediately get background checks done. As part of the background check they will need to be fingerprinted and put through a criminal background check before going back to work.

The county currently requires that all new employees as well as those who are given a promotion go through a background check.  On top of that, other county employees, like those who work for the park service, are also subject to these background checks. The problem was, these checks are only done at hiring or promotion and somehow they now have about 35% of their employees who slipped through the cracks. For many people, this is simply unacceptable and even though the county has taken swift action to correct this, they still want answers as to why these background checks were not done in the first place on such a large percentage of the employees.

County leaders do admit that they consciously did not require background checks back  in 1997, the year these checks became mandatory, but that is unlikely to make up 35% of their staff. At this point, it is unknown what will happen to employees who fail these background checks, but in other cases around the country they were often terminated.

Los Angeles County states that they have an effective system for background checks. As mentioned above, a fingerprint check and criminal check are done when a person is hired, but that type of check simply may not offer enough coverage. Especially those who work with children in the Welfare office must be criminally clean and be trusted to offer an abundance of care and support for kids, many who may be abused. Using a background check company like could help the County of Los Angeles better keep track of their employees by offering a few of their products.

One of the products that has is called Ongoing Criminal Monitoring. Used in conjunction with their other products, this criminal monitoring will continuously run the name of employees against crime records nationwide. If there is ever a match, the company will be notified that their employee has been involved in a crime.

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