The Canadian government, including law enforcement has devised a detailed and in depth way to help you to protect your family when hiring a care provider.
The Vulnerable Sector Screening was established to provide screening of individuals who intend on working or volunteering with the vulnerable sector.
A Vulnerable Person is defined as: All children who are less than 18 years of age, AND/OR persons who, because of their age, a disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent:
(a) are in a position of dependence on others; or
(b) are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them.
RCMP Policy stipulates that the Vulnerable Sector Check MUST be completed by the police service of local jurisdiction where the applicant resides and for each agency the applicant is working or volunteering for.
The Vulnerable Sector Check is an agency/organization driven request. In order to have this done you must have an agency/organization letter which explains that you need a vulnerable sector check. You will also need to give a detail description of the specific job you will be hired/ volunteer for as well as a hiring managers names and contact number. The Vulnerable Sector Check will include the following information as it exits on the date of the search:
a) Criminal convictions from the Canadian Police Information Centre, RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records and/or local police databases;
(b) Outstanding entries, such as charges, warrants, judicial orders, Peace Bonds, Probation and Prohibition orders;
(c) Absolute and Conditional Discharges (1-3 years), as set out in Section 730 of the Criminal Code of Canada (OPP Niche RMS Database only);
(d) Family court restraining orders;
(e) Criminal charges resulting in dispositions including, but not limited to, Stayed, Withdrawn, Dismissed, and cases of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder as listed on local indices;
(f) Police contacts including, but not limited to theft, weapons, sex offences, or violent, harmful or threatening behaviour;
(g) Police contacts including, but not limited to theft, weapons, sex offences, or violent, harmful or threatening behaviour, which may or may not have involved a Mental Health incident where no charges were laid;
(h) Pardoned criminal convictions as per Schedule of the Criminal Records Act, including non-sex offences, identified as a result of VS verification search and authorized for release by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Pardoned Sex Offender Database Hits On 19 July 2010, the RCMP announced changes to the way that Pardoned Sex Offender Database checks would be conducted. Previously, a Vulnerable Sector (VS) query would only hit to a potential match based on an applicant’s name and date of birth.
Now, the Pardoned Sex Offender Database (PSOD) search is conducted two ways. First, it is queried against a potential name hit. Secondly, it is checked against a date of birth and gender match only, regardless of the name.
The purpose of the RCMP making this change is to capture during a Vulnerable Sector search any pardoned sex offenders who have subsequently obtained a legal name change. The result of this is that a person who has the same date of birth and gender as a pardoned sex offender will also get a potential hit to the PSOD. Those people will also be required to submit fingerprints for processing, in order to confirm whether or not there is a pardoned sex offence on file.
Applicants that are under the age of 18 years do not qualify to have a search of the Pardoned Sex Offender Database so in this case a Vulnerable Sector form is filled out but the section with results for PSOD will be marked to say that a search of the PSOD was not conducted.Tags: check, childcare, mother care, security, senior care, VSS Background Check