Protection of Minors

Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future. They bear the seeds of the character of future society which is largely shaped by what the adults constituting the community do or fail to do with respect to children. They are a trust no community can neglect with impunity. An all-embracing love of children, the manner of treating them, the quality of attention shown them, the spirit of adult behavior toward them – these are all among the vital aspects of the requisite attitude. --Universal House of Justice (Ridván 2000)

The Clearance Process

If you are interested in serving with children, junior youth, or high school aged youth (anyone under the age of 18) in order to ensure the safety of the youngest members of the community while they are under our supervision and care, everyone working with minors is required to have a background check and agree to abide by the policy and principles linked below.

Four junior youth on stage drumming on Jembes, at the Savannah Georgia conference in 2023

How does the process work?

Click on the following link and fill in the required information: Volunteer Clearance Form.

Within a few days, you will receive an email from "” with an invitation from the Regional Training Institute to initiate your background check. The email will have a link for you to follow to set up a Sterling Volunteer’s account and initiate the check. The process is completely secure, using a password-protected account to preserve the confidentiality of personal information, and only takes about 5 minutes. The check itself can take 2 days to 2 weeks, depending on a range of factors.

When your check is completed, you will receive an email from Sterling Volunteers with the results of your check, and a confirmation email from the Clearance Officer.

If you have additional questions about the process, please contact:

Policy for the Protection of Minors