NCSI was created in partnership with the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) who, through its member organizations, represents more than 60 million participants – 44 million boys & girls – and is recognized as one of the most influential sports advocacy organizations in the country.
Through research and work conducted by NCYS, it was determined that systems to support youth serving organizations relating to background screening were desperately needed. It was further recognized that the losses and claims related to abuse & molestation would likely jeopardize an organization’s ability to access insurance coverage and that the liabilities relating to these claims would put organizations’ existence at risk. The idea that youth serving organizations were being used by pedophiles to access children was intolerable and set in motion a series of activities including work on the PROTECT Act of 2003, a leadership forum to create dialog between industry experts and non-profit leaders, and work with insurance companies and litigators to develop a model to identify and support the points of liability that an organization must deal with in background screening programs.
The NCYS published the Recommended Guidelines for Background Screening in Nonprofit Youth-Serving Organizations© that now serve as a national standard of care, widely recognized and implemented in amateur sports' athlete protection programs nationwide. NCSI is the only background screening organization licensed by NCYS to implement The Guidelines.
For more information about The National Council of Youth Sports, visit their website at www.ncys.org.