Background Checks

Conducting Background Checks & Procedures for Screening

Click below to read the recommended procedures for background check screening

  1. Potential Employees
  2. Volunteers
  3. Non-Church Groups Using Church Facilities
There are two primary ways to perform background checks. Completed background checks should be kept with the applicant or volunteer’s file. 
Praesidium Background Check
A Praesidium background check can include a credit report, reference checks of former employers and educational institutions, and a criminal search history.   
  • The Diocese of Virginia has an association with Praesidium.
  • Results will be sent to the Diocese, then forwarded to the parish.
  • The fee is around $150, depending on the scope.
  • Background Check Request form Required. 

To initiate this background check, email the form above to Gloria Parham, Assistant for Episcopal Ministries, who is fielding background check requests while Paige Williamson, Human Resources Information Specialist, is on family leave.

State Police Criminal Background Check
This check is limited to identifying records in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The fee for a criminal history records check is around $15. Initiate a state police criminal history and/or sex offender check by going to www.virginiatrooper.org and filing form SP-167. This is not required for “Sunday Morning Only” workers (e.g., Sunday school teachers), but the parish may elect to do so. (Please note that the State Police Background Check may not be used for clergy and those in the ordination process, who should follow the guidelines for the Oxford and Praesidium checks, above.)