Summer is over and school is back in session. Soon your community will be heading back indoors for fall programming and your hallways will be full of young community members again. Now is a good time to review and update your membership and visitor screening practices. This practice is an important layer of protection to help decrease the risk of abuse. Does your organization check all members, guests, staff and contractors into the facility? Do you always know who is in your building? Do visitors sign-in and wear a name tag identifying them? Does your organization conduct a national sex offender registry check on everyone who enters your facilities? No one should have unauthorized access to youth or be in the facility or program areas without acceptable identification (government issued photo ID, EG: Driver’s license) and permission. Best practice is to conduct a national sex offender registry check on everyone accessing your facility and have established procedures for responding when you find someone on the list. The practice of membership and visitor screening is also a good deterrent to potential predators who are looking for easy access to children. Sex offender registry checks should be repeated on at least the same schedule as staff criminal background checks. Click HERE for additional child abuse prevention resources located on the Safe-Wise Resource Library.