Defining Good Screening Practices is a Group Effort
The Sue Weaver CAUSE
of Unsafe Service Employment
Have you ever wondered what the results might be if the background
screening industry got together and determined ‘good screening
practices’ for the in-home service Industry? The Sue Weaver
CAUSE, Consumer Awareness of Unsafe Service Employment, is embarking
on a bold strategy to determine these ‘good screening practices’
to increase consumer safety in their homes and we want you to
be a part of this historic endeavor.
Sue Weaver CAUSE – A Brief History
The Sue Weaver
CAUSE, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, brings awareness
and education to consumers and employers regarding the necessity
of criminal background checks on all employees, contractors and
subcontractors and the dangers of not knowing who you hire.
2001, Sue Weaver was brutally raped and beaten to death by a twice
convicted sex-offender hired to do service work in her home. Six
months prior, Sue contracted with a major retailer, Burdines Department
Store, to have her air ducts cleaned. Unbeknownst to Sue, the
subcontractor sent two convicted felons into her home to do the
service work. A single woman, home alone, two convicted felons…
not conduct criminal background checks on its subcontractors.
Had a criminal background check been done, Sue might still be
goal of CAUSE Certification is to increase the safety of consumers
and vulnerable populations.
goal is to help businesses that provide in-home service with a
program to better manage their risk, reduce their liability and
prevent negligent hiring.
goal is to create a way that in-home service firms can build a
competitive advantage by distinguishing themselves as a high quality
service provider that has earned CAUSE Certification.
these goals, our first step is defining ‘good screening
practices’ for CAUSE Certification. We are reaching out
to experts in the pre-employment screening industry to complete
a short survey at www.sueweavercause.org
and clicking on Survey. Participants are asked to answer the questions
according to the minimum screening criteria they would want performed
on any worker entering the home of their elderly mother, their
teenage niece home alone, their pregnant wife, their disabled
friend, or their mentally challenged cousin and not by the services
their company may provide.
is initially being designed and introduced for the in-home service
industry. Home health care workers, volunteers, teachers and educational
providers and others may later participate in CAUSE Certification.
Benefits of CAUSE Certification
is a program that provides consumers a trusted resource for hiring
service companies. Consumers valuing their family’s safety
will hire CAUSE Certified Companies. The Sue Weaver CAUSE will
educate consumers on hiring CAUSE Certified Companies and be a
resource for background screening information, background screening
companies, and CAUSE Certified Companies.
A CAUSE Certified
Service Company will have a marketing advantage over its competition
who is not CAUSE Certified by ensuring safer employees for their
clients’ protection. In addition, they will be listed on
the CAUSE website and be included in the CAUSE Certification marketing
plan as CAUSE Certified Service Companies. CAUSE will work with
major insurance companies to influence the reduction of liability
premiums for CAUSE Certified Companies as their risks for claims
should be reduced.
screening companies participating in CAUSE Certification will
gain a marketing tool as well. They will be listed on the CAUSE
website and included in the CAUSE marketing plan as a CAUSE Certified
Background Screening Company. Screening companies participating
in the CAUSE Certification program may also use the CAUSE Certification
logo in their advertising. It’s a classic win-win for employers,
background screening firms and most importantly for consumers
who will be safer in their homes.
Certification Background Screening Survey. What Makes Good Screening
With the help
of some wonderful volunteers and experts in the pre-employment
screening industry, the CAUSE Team was formed to help design and
implement CAUSE Certification and to assist with our simple questions
and the not so simple ones too. The first step in developing CAUSE
Certification is defining the ‘good screening practices’
for those workers entering clients’ homes.
less than five minutes of your time, you can become a vital part
of determining the minimum screening standards for CAUSE Certification.
If you have not already participated in the CAUSE Certification
Background Screening Survey, please do so by visiting www.sueweavercause.org
and click on Survey at your earliest convenience. Your answers
will help educate employers, legislators and consumers on the
best criminal background screening practices. To complete this
short survey designed exclusively for screening professionals,
go to www.sueweavercause.org.
may complete the survey anonymously; however, those individuals
providing contact information may also opt to later receive a
copy of the survey results. The ‘good background screening’
practices for CAUSE Certification and the results of the CAUSE
Certification Background Screening Survey will be announced at
the 2007 Pre-employment Screeners Conference, November 11-14,
in Clearwater, Florida.
appreciate your support of this effort.
For more information
about The Sue Weaver CAUSE, please visit www.sueweavercause.org
or call 214-450-5812.