Criminal Background Checks
About Our Criminal Background Check Process
In accordance with Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut state law, and to ensure the safety of our girls, GSSNE enforces Policies, Procedures, and Standards for adults who work directly with girls. All volunteers must register and complete a criminal background check using the National Background Screening (NBC). Additionally, volunteers living or volunteering in Massachusetts must register and complete a CORI. By law, a volunteer’s criminal background check expires after three (3) years.
How it Works
For New Volunteers:
After registering, you will receive an automated email from our partners Sterling/Verified Volunteers with instructions for completing the NBC application. If you live or volunteer in Massachusetts, you must also complete the CORI screening. Once the screening(s) is complete, you’ll receive a confirmation email.
For Renewing Volunteers:
When your Background Screening(s) are about to expire, you will receive an email from a GSSNE staff member with instructions for completing a new criminal background check(s).
How Do I Know if a Criminal Background Check is Current?
Volunteers are not able to see their own criminal background check expiration date on the My GS portal. When it is time to renew a criminal background check, a GSSNE staff member will reach out to each volunteer with instructions.
Troop leaders are able to see the expiration dates of volunteers in their troop(s). If a volunteer would like to know when their criminal background check is expiring, check with the your troop leader or contact us.
For Troop Leaders:
Troop leaders can view the criminal background check expiration dates for all volunteers in their troop.
Under the Troops tab on the My GS portal, only volunteers with a "current" status are active and cleared to volunteer. These adults do not need to complete a criminal background check at this time. “In progress” indicates that a volunteer is registered, but the criminal background check is not complete. “Inactive” means that the volunteer has not registered for the current membership year.
Questions? Contact us!