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New N.H. Rule Requires Background Check For Anyone Working With Children

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Anyone in New Hampshire who works with children at youth skills programs must have a criminal background check, under new rules in effect this year.

Department of Environmental Services spokesman James Martin said the rule applies to all volunteer and paid staff who will be working with children under the age of 18 for three consecutive days or more.

Even those under the age of 18 who are paid or volunteer staff must undergo a background check.

The rules stem from a law passed last year that took effect Jan. 1 of this year.

Martin said the rule doesn't apply just to traditional summer camps but to sport, theater, arts, music programs as well.

He said a number of private entities, as well as the state police, perform background.