Verifying Identity

Many membership-based youth serving organizations have taken steps to protect their children through implementing policies that require screening members against a sex offender registry. One very important, yet often overlooked, step in implementing these policies is to verify the identity of potential members when they submit membership applications to ensure the use of accurate identifying information; name, address, date of birth, etc. We recommend requiring verification of a government issued picture ID at the time of application for all adult members. The next question we should ask ourselves is, do we require all guests and contractors to sign-in, verify identity with a government issued picture ID, and do we screen them against a sex offender registry? At the end of the day, we should be able to verify the identity of everyone who enters our facilities by ensuring that all members, guests, and contractors are who they say they are. Verifying identity is a crucial step that should not be overlooked in securing the safety of our facilities. Verifying identity can also help in deterring other negative behaviors, like theft and vandalism.

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