Checks and references
A Background check on any potential carer is part of the recruitment process, all registered carers within the Nannyez database are aware of this. Carers also would have had a background check carried out before approval to join our directory.
What is a Background Check?
- References: This is a check on all previous employers listed on a person’s resume. Contact will be made with former employers to confirm start and end dates, performance overall, suitability for the job they carried and confirmation on if they would recommend them.
- Criminal records checks: Official databases are searched, this will highlight any current or previous criminal convictions a person has had. It will cover the countries a potential employee has stated they have lived in, within the last five years. A register for sex offenders is also checked to see if a carer’s name has been registered.
- Qualifications checks: Qualifications stated on a carer’s application are verified. The authenticity of certificates and diplomas.
- First aid training: Carers ability to provide first aid in the event of an emergency will be checked. Certificates to confirm training has been received will be verified.
- Limitations of checks: background checks can vary in the level of detail. This is because local state laws can differ from state to state, regarding what can and can’t be disclosed about a person’s history. There is also some variation about how far back a person’s history can be disclosed, for example some states allow up to seven (7) year’s history to be disclosed. A background check should not be used instead of carrying out an in-person interview. Online searches on social media, checking a person’s identification documents such as a passport, are all part of the process service users can do to monitor and verify a person is who they say they are.
Q) When and where should I do an in-person interview?
A public place ideally, where they are other people. Bring someone along with you if possible. Ideally your interview should be carried out after you have selected a carer as a potential person to provide a care service.
Q) Should I ask the interviewee to bring anything with them to the interview?
This is an ideal opportunity to do further verification. You could request that your interviewee brings along their original ID documents, resume, an any references that they have to hand.
Q) Is it okay for an interviewee to meet my family after the interview?
Yes! If you have warmed to them and feel positive that they have a high chance of being hired, after you have interviewed all your potential carers. This is a great opportunity to see how they will get along with your family and hear feedback from your family members.