Why are background checks required and what is the cost?

  • November 29, 2017
  • By: Evan MacAlpine

It is the policy of Compassion International to protect children in our programs from abuse by instituting reasonable guidelines and procedures to direct the interactions of Compassion International staff, partners, sponsors and other visitors with Compassion beneficiaries. In accordance with our Commitment to Child Protection, Compassion requires a Background Check for all adult visitors (legal age in your province) who are meeting any beneficiary of a ministry program. This includes arrangements to meet any Compassion child or Compassion Centre. Compassion’s background checks are valid for one year. Any cleared check(s) that may have been completed can be submitted however they must have been completed within the last year from the preferred travel dates.

Each adult visitor will be responsible for paying the fee as well as submitting the information to our third-party vendor, MyBackCheck. Instructions for the background check will be provided upon registration for a visit, and completion is required before a custom visit can be confirmed.