Criminal Record Checks – Children and Vulnerable Adults
NEWS AND UPDATES
REVISED CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK CONSENT FORM
The Criminal Record Check Consent Form has been revised and now requires ID verification and must be signed by the organization.
Under the Criminal Records Review Act, individuals working with children or vulnerable adults and have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults must authorize a Criminal Record Check for their employer or authorized organization. This authorization is submitted to the Criminal Records Review Program for review.
The act helps protect:
- Children from individuals whose criminal record indicates they pose a risk of physical or sexual abuse.
- Vulnerable adults from individuals whose record indicates they pose a risk to physical, sexual or financial abuse.
Criminal record checks done through the Criminal Records Review Program are a legislative requirement under the British Columbia Criminal Records Review Act.
If you are not clear, after reading the information available on this site, if the purpose of your criminal record check is for reasons included under the Criminal Records Review Act, contact the Criminal Records Review Program prior to submitting a Consent to a Criminal Record Check application form.
Police criminal record checks are not a legislative requirement and may be conducted for organizations with employees or volunteers that are not covered by the B.C. Criminal Records Review Act.
Organizations not covered by the act may make their own arrangements through their local police or RCMP detachment to conduct name based criminal record verifications for background screening checks. Generally police detachments require the individuals to visit in person to request their own criminal record check.