The Importance of Nanny Background Checks

November 17th, 2016

Main Line nanny background checks

One of parents’ primary jobs is to make sure their children are safe. This means making sure they wear a helmet while riding their bike; teaching them how to be safe on social media; and ensuring their caregivers are who they say they are. When choosing a nanny on the Main Line for your little ones, you want to be sure they are fully qualified and trustworthy. This means conducting interviews to determine personality and fit, as well as performing a thorough background check. So what do you need to know about conducting a nanny background check on the Main Line?

Basics of Main Line Nanny Background Checks

Running a background check seems extreme for some parents. They think perusing a candidate’s social media accounts will tell them all they need to know, but this is a risky approach. People rarely present themselves accurately on social media, making such information hardly reliable.

Other parents turn to websites that offer “instant background checks,” but these sites are often searching outdated databases. Additionally, not all information is available through such databases. A truly thorough background check is supplemented by in-person records searches.

To be sure you are getting the most accurate and up-to date results, turn to an experienced private investigator on the Main Line. Know It All Intelligence Group has been performing background checks for over 17 years, and we lead the industry in fast and accurate results. We have one of the most technologically advanced systems in the background screening industry and we also conduct hands-on courthouse research.

Before You Run a Background Check

It is important to know that you must obtain an applicant’s permission before you can run a background check on them. Some sites claim to be able to run checks on their own, but fair and legal checks require the consent of the person being investigated. That is because any background checks done for employment purposes are regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The FCRA ensures that all information revealed by a background check is gathered and distributed fairly.

You can request a candidate’s permission before you interview them, to weed out applicants and to have as much information as possible going into an interview. Or you can request their permission only after you have interviewed them and consider them a serious candidate. Either way, you must make it clear that you desire to perform a background check and that you need their permission to do so.

Expert Background Checks on the Main Line

When it comes to your child’s safety, don’t leave things to chance: hire the experts at Know It All to conduct a thorough background check on your nanny. And stay tuned for our next blog, where we will take a closer look at what, exactly, a Main Line nanny background check should cover.


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