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Don't skimp on nanny background checks

Jul 30, 2011 Matt Roesly

Attempting to find a nanny through traditional websites such as Craigslist or Yahoo jobs is dangerous because neither site requires job applicants to complete a background check, Reuters reports. Marisa Reddy Randazzo, managing partner of threat assessment consultants SIGMAThreat Management Associates, recommends using an established nanny agency offering experienced candidates who have likely already been screened to check for red flags such as criminal history or driving infractions. "Anyone you're looking at should be amenable to [a background check]," Randazzo told the news source. "If they're not, that's the first red flag." One nanny service, Beacon Hill Nannies of Boston, requires its nannies have a minimum of five years' experience and a bachelor's degree, be certified in first aid and CPR and have completed a criminal background check, driving record check, psychological screening, verification of education and health status. WJXT reports that a mother in Gainesville, Florida, returned home earlier this month to find her nanny standing over her child with a pillow over the baby's face. A background check on Tiffany Long, the nanny in question, may have shown a history unstable behavior.