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  • Governor Markell Issues executive order on background check system to improve child protections

  • Governor Jack Markell mandated a review of Delaware laws and regulations that determine when background checks are necessary for individuals who work for children.
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  • Governor Jack Markell mandated a review of Delaware laws and regulations that determine when background checks are necessary for individuals who work for children.
    Executive Order 42 establishes a task force led by Jennifer Ranji, secretary of the Department of Services for Children Youth and Their Families, that will issue recommendations on ways to ensure the state’s background checks system can most effectively protect children in schools and other settings. Members of the Delaware Criminal Background and Child Protection Registry Checks Task Force will include representatives from: the Departments of Education, Health and Social Services, and Safety and Homeland Security; the Office of Management and Budget; a Democrat and Republican member of the House and Senate; members of law enforcement; representatives from the legal community; and leaders of community organizations.
    Among the specific policies the task force will examine include: whether criminal background checks and child protection registry checks should be required for camp/holiday/school break employees and volunteers; whether criminal background checks and child protection registry checks should be required for employees and volunteers at private and non-state operated schools; whether a consolidated background check system, to include criminal, child protection, sex offender and adult abuse registry is feasible.
     
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