Live Scan backgrounds checks are now required due to California AB 506, for anyone who works or volunteers with children. This includes employees, administrators, and all volunteers of youth organizations. These organizations include churches, schools, day cares, and nonprofits.
This important bill known as California AB 506, Youth service organizations: child abuse and neglect prevention, applies to organizations that did not previously require their administrators, employees, or routine volunteers to have a Live Scan background check.
California AB 506 Purpose and Requirements
The Live Scan is extremely helpful in screening applicants who work with children. Anyone who has a history of child abuse will be excluded from working or volunteering in any youth organization.
The Live Scan background check has to be done each time that an applicant would like to volunteer and work with children. Therefore, a Live Scan background check would have to be performed for each new organization which one volunteers. If a volunteer leaves an organization and wishes to return, a new Live Scan background check must be performed.
The fingerprints taken during the Live Scan process will be submitted to the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. These prints will then be run through their database. This mandatory process is vital in protecting the safety of children.
How to Start the Live Scan Process to Comply with AB 506
The Live Scan process starts with the request for Live Scan. This form is provided to you by the requesting agency. It is important to complete all the information on the Request for Live Scan form.
The form will then be given to the Live Scan operator. The Live Scan operator will enter in the information and will roll the applicants fingerprints. The fingerprints will then be submitted to the DOJ and FBI in order to begin the background screening.
Once you completed your request for Live scan form, you can continue your Live Scan process by calling us at 818-357-0208.
Or get in touch via our Contact Us form and we’ll get back to you the same business day. We are a certified mobile live scan fingerprinting service, and our Live Scan Operator will come to you or your organization at your convenience.
The Live Scan process is an easy process and will help your organization accomplish the goals of AB 506.
Potential Issues with the Live Scan Process
If fingerprints are rejected due to callous, scarring, or any other human imperfections a second set of prints will be rolled via the Live Scan. The second set of prints that are Live Scanned will then be submitted for background check. The requesting agency will then receive the background check results from the Live Scan.
FAQs – New Live Scan Requirements Due to California AB 506
Below are answers to commonly asked questions about AB 506 and new live scan requirements.
What is California AB 506 and who does it apply to?
California AB 506 is a bill that requires anyone who works or volunteers with children, such as employees, administrators, and volunteers of youth organizations including churches, schools, daycares, and nonprofits, to undergo a Live Scan background check. This also applies to organizations that did not previously require their administrators, employees, or routine volunteers to have a Live Scan background check.
What is the purpose of the Live Scan requirement in California AB 506?
The purpose of the Live Scan requirement is to screen applicants who work with children. Any applicant with a history of child abuse will be excluded from working or volunteering in any youth organization. The fingerprints taken during the Live Scan process will be submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for background checks.
Does the Live Scan background check need to be performed each time I volunteer or work with a different organization?
Yes. According to California AB 506, a Live Scan background check must be performed each time you want to volunteer or work with a different organization that involves children. Even if you leave an organization and wish to return later, a new Live Scan background check must be performed.
What is the process for getting a Live Scan background check as per AB 506?
The Live Scan process begins with a Request for Live Scan form provided by the requesting agency. Once filled, the form is given to a Live Scan operator who will roll your fingerprints and submit them to the DOJ and FBI for a background check.
How can I continue the Live Scan process after completing the form?
After completing the request for the Live Scan form, you can continue the process by calling the 808-357-0208 or getting in touch with us here. A certified mobile live scan fingerprinting operator will assist you, and they can come to your location for convenience.
What happens if my fingerprints are rejected due to callouses, scars, or other issues?
If fingerprints are rejected due to physical characteristics such as callouses or scars, a second set of prints will be rolled via Live Scan and then re-submitted for a background check.
What does California AB 506 require from youth service organizations?
AB 506 requires youth service organizations to develop and implement child abuse prevention policies and procedures. This includes ensuring the reporting of suspected incidents of child abuse to persons or entities outside of the organization.
Who is considered a ‘regular volunteer’ under AB 506?
Under AB 506, a “regular volunteer” is defined as a volunteer who is 18 years of age or older and has direct contact with, or supervision of, children for more than 16 hours per month or 32 hours per year.
Does AB 506 require any specific training for those working or volunteering with children?
Yes, AB 506 mandates that administrators, employees, or regular volunteers of a youth service organization complete training in child abuse and neglect identification, as well as reporting.
Can an insurer request information regarding compliance with AB 506?
Yes, an insurer can request information demonstrating compliance with AB 506 before writing liability insurance for a youth service organization.