Background checks for adults working with children

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There is no uniform law between schools, camps, daycare centers, even gymnastics schools or ice skating places or any of those extracurricular activities that require a uniform background check. Public schools have their own system. But there's no official system within any state of how a background check needs to be done. So as an educator, I encourage parents to conduct their own background checks. They should look at the people who are coming into school, meet with them, come drop by schools, come drop by summer camp, make their own spot checks. A school or program that doesn't allow parents to drop by whenever they want to is something that should raise a red flag. Schools should be open for parents to look and see what's going on. Schools should conduct thorough background checks, but so often they just don't. There's case after case where they don't, where teachers move before the record catches up with them. They change their names. So to rely on schools or any other place to conduct a background check is a huge mistake.
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Robin Sax

Attorney & Legal Analyst

Robin is a legal analyst for Fox11 Los Angeles (KTTV). She appears there daily offering legal insight and analysis as well as parenting and safety expertise.  She also regularly contributes her legal and parenting expertise to The TODAY Show, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, CNN, and HLN. She covers both the unknown and known high profile cases including Conrad Murray, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Casey Anthony, Jaycee Dugard, OJ Simpson and many more.

Robin is also a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney and Riverside County Deputy District Attorney who specialized in sex crimes against children. For over 15 years she prosecuted some of the most despicable defendants who committed the most heinous crimes, prosecuting hundreds of felony crimes including homicides, stalking, domestic violence, child sexual assault, and gang crimes. 

She is an author who has penned six books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Criminal Justice System and Predators and Child Molesters:  A Sex Crimes DA Answers 100 of the Most Asked Questions all of which draw on her vast experience as a prosecutor and victim right's advocate. Her powerful insights have regularly graced the pages of The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, People Magazine, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Los Angeles Times and the Women in Crime Ink blog.

In addition to advising numerous legal foundations, Robin regularly shares her valuable insight and expertise through speaking and teaching with members of the FBI, Los Angeles Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, and the California District Attorney’s Association. Robin has served as adjunct professor of Women and Crime at Cal State Los Angeles and lecturer on criminal law and the justice system in UCLA’s Paralegal Training Program.

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