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Frequently Asked Questions - Police Background Checks

Questions

  1. Why does Oneida require these background checks?
  2. Who needs to get a police background check?
  3. How much does a police check cost?
  4. Do I have to pay for the police check?
  5. Where do I go to get a police background check?
  6. When should I get the police check done?
  7. What should I bring with me to the police station?
  8. What if I do not get a police background check?
  9. I've been a leader for over 10 years. Do I need one?
  10. I had a police check for another work/volunteer placement (ie. teaching Sunday School), do I need to get another one done?
  11. Do I need a background check if I'm under 18 years old?
  12. The police station is asking what I mean by "background check".

Answers

  1. Why does Oneida require these background checks?

    Police background checks are becoming standard practices for most organizations and companies that work with children.

    As camp committee, it is our responsibility to ensure that all campers are appropriately supervised and protected. Having background checks is now part of our child protection policy.

  2. Who needs to get a police background check?

    Every person who applies to be a leader at Oneida needs to have a background check. This includes all positions: cabin leaders, directors, music leaders, crafts, bible study, perm staff, etc.

  3. How much does a police check cost?

    Charges for background checks vary for each police force. Some are free for volunteers, others around around $15-$20.

  4. Do I have to pay for the police check?

    Camp Oneida will reimburse you for the cost of a background check. (maximum $40)

    Ask for an official receipt from the police station where you get your check done. Bring this receipt when you come to camp (when starting your camp week at Oneida) and you will be reimbursed.

  5. Where do I go to get a police background check?

    Most police forces require you to to any police station or a specific station.

    Your local police forces is the police force that is responsible for the area that you live in.

    If you do not have a local police force, go to the nearest OPP office.

  6. What should I bring with me to the police station?

    What you need to bring varies from police force to police force. (Some forces require Oneida to mail in your request)

    In places where you are required to go to the police station, most require specific forms to be filled out and to provide 2 pieces of identification (Driver's license, Student card, Health Card, Passport, Native Status, Birth Certificate, Employee I.D.)

    See details about each police force and what they require

  7. When should I get the police check done?

    As soon as possible! Some police stations require 6-8 weeks to process your request.

    The sooner you start, the sooner you will have it completed.

  8. What if I do not get a police background check?

    Camp requires all leaders to have a police background check. If you do not have a background check done, you will not be approved as a leader at Oneida this summer.

  9. I've been a leader for over 10 years. Do I need one?

    Yes. All leaders at Oneida now are required to have a background check done.

  10. I had a police check for another work/volunteer placement (ie. teaching Sunday School), do I need to get another one done?

    Probably not. If you have had a background check done within the past 12 months, contact the leader registrar to see if you can be exempt.

  11. Do I need a background check if I'm under 18 years old?

    Yes. All leaders at Oneida, regardless of age, are required to have a background check done.

  12. The police station is asking what I mean by "background check".

    Police forces have different names and defintions for their background checks. If you explain what you need it for, they should be able to help you.

    Sometimes the form is referred to as a Vulnerability Sector Search.

 

Have more questions?

Contact the Leader Registrar.