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Background Checks

  • Is the Basic nanny background screening enough to thoroughly check a nanny?

    The basic single county criminal check is a good starting point to screen a nanny. Included in the basic check is a Social Security Number (SSN) trace, which will reveal all names and addresses known to credit bureaus associated with the applicant’s SSN. Most families find, however, that the history of the individual nanny applicant… Read more »

  • What is included in the NannyVerify BASIC Background Check?

    The basic background check package from has two components: SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TRACE: Verify SSN and current address. This is also used to determine a candidate’s previous residence(s), and any other names or aliases associated with that SSN for the past 7 years. Vital to determine if additional names or jurisdictions need to be… Read more »

  • About the Social Security Number Trace

    Hiring families may have questions about the Social Security Number trace they receive as a result of the pre-employment background check order they run on their nanny, housekeeper or care giver candidate. The following FAQ will assist in interpreting the report. What is a social security trace?A social security trace is a report that will... Read more »
  • Who actually performs the background investigations?

    Background investigations on nannies, housekeepers and senior caregivers are provided by a third party, National Crime Search, Inc., an Arkansas-based corporation with a national background screening network. We offer background checks on US citizens, permanent residents and non-citizens possessing a valid Social Security Number (B, H and G visa holders for example), and Canadian citizens… Read more »

  • The order form asks for type of business. I am hiring a nanny? What do I answer?

    If you are an individual (NOT a business) ordering pre-employment screening or background check for a nanny, housekeeper, senior caregiver, homecare worker, etc. that you will privately employ (meaning YOU are paying the employee directly) you should choose Sole Proprietor as the business type, and describe business activities as “I am a household employer.”

  • What are the recommended items to be checked for nanny background screening?

    Thorough nanny background screening is critical. This applies equally for screening a privately hired senior caregiver who will care for a vulnerable adult. County record searches should be ordered in every jurisdiction that the candidate has lived in the last 7 years. You will want to verify on the SSN trace that you have searched… Read more »

  • What is the background check ordering and report delivery procedure?

    Set up your background screening account by click on ORDER NOW¬†and you will be redirected to HWS’ site. Download the Candidate Records Release Authorization form and have your applicant complete it for you. This is a legal requirement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). NCS does ask that you keep this signed release… Read more »

  • Nanny Reference Checking: How and Why

    The nanny candidate has just left your home. The meeting went very well. You felt a connection, an instant bonding. You think, “Hurrah! I found the perfect nanny for my family!” You are ready to make an offer — or are you? Whoa! Stop right here! Never make an offer to any nanny candidate without… Read more »

  • Can’t I just order a nationwide nanny background check?

    A true, accurate nationwide nanny background check¬†cannot be done, as there is no publicly-accessible central repository for all federal, state and county level felony and misdemeanor convictions. There is one national criminal database created by the FBI, known as the NCIC (National Crime Information Center), but it is not a public record, and it is… Read more »

  • What about sex offender records?

    We strongly encourage families to order the national sex offender search. This option has been considerably improved in recent years as a result of legislation. The economical National Sexual Offender Registry (NSOR) search is recommended as part of any childcare or eldercare background screening to reduce the risk of hiring someone with a prior history… Read more »

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