There’s a lot we don’t yet know about this situation so it’s inappropriate for us to comment on what safety precautions may or may not have been taken that might have prevented this inexplicable horror.
What we can provide is guidelines for parents who are hiring caregivers. We can also caution that we do not consider the inexpensive, computer-only background checks offered online an adequate screening. In fact, they can give parents a false sense of security.
APNA Nanny and household staff Screening Process includes at a minimum:
- a professionally conducted in-depth background check in every locale the candidate has resided or worked for at least the past 7 years. This is not a computer check, but conducted by hand to include criminal and misdemeanor convictions, as well as motor vehicle records
- reference checks for candidates to include: childcare, and/or employment, and personal references
- an extensive application
- proof that the candidate is legally authorized to work in the United States
- an interview with all nanny candidates (In-Person for local candidates)
All of the member agencies at the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA)are heartbroken by the tragedy in New York and our thoughts and prayers are with the Krim family during this unimaginably difficult time.
The safety and welfare of the children is – and always has been – our first and foremost concern. It’s why all of us who are members of APNA continually share best safety practices and go to great lengths to ensure that our screening/vetting/background checking procedures are as vigilant and protective as humanly possible.
The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA) was founded 19 years ago to serve as the principal advocate and leadership organization for individuals and businesses engaged in the referral of childcare providers and household staff.
Most APNA agencies go above and beyond these minimum requirements. Only agencies that meet these requirements, and other professional standards are invited to become APNA members.