Royal Background Check on Kate Middleton Should Be Commended

Nick Fishman

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton recently decided to lend her considerable image to and volunteer for the Scouts Association.  According to the association, it “provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, we have over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting  across 216 countries.”

And according to the U.K.’s MailOnline, the role will be for more than making public appearances and raising money.  The Duchess actually intends the be more hands on, working directly with the children the organization supports; activities such as working at their camps and attending sleepovers.

What the association did next should be a lesson for all other organizations that support children, the disabled or the elderly.  They requested that Kate Middleton submit to a criminal background check.  And to her credit, she did without concern or question.  According to the article, “The Duchess was happy to comply, submitted her forms and is very much looking forward to starting as soon as possible.”

Now, it would be truly shocking if the background check they conducted even began to scratch the surface of the one sought be her majesty before the couple went out on their first date, but the fact that the organization stuck by its policies is commendable.

And just so you don’t feel as if they don’t have background check detractors across the pond, check out some of this quote from a U.K.-based civil rights organization:

“This shows the height of CRB hysteria, and the fact that nobody is above suspicion. Even royals are considered potentially risky until they have their “safe adult card”. We are trusting too much to bureaucracy – and not enough to common sense or people’s reputations. The chance of the Duchess of Cambridge being a paedophile is precisely zero – likewise for the thousands of grandmothers and mothers who must do CRB checks before they can volunteer to listen to children read, or teach them to cook

I’ll leave it to you to judge who took the responsible approach to protecting children.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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