4 Crucial Steps when Hiring a Babysitter

April = Child Abuse Prevention Month

Let’s face it. We all need babysitters. And goodness gracious, this can be a daunting task – because we all know: 90% of children who are sexually abused are abused by someone they know. As the parents and protectors, we must take critical steps when finding someone to watch our most precious gifts.

Tip #7: – 4 Crucial Steps when Hiring a Babysitter: 

1. Have them fill out an application.

2. Do a background check and call at least 3 references. If they can’t provide references, note it as a problem. If the references they provide are hesitant – problem, check.

3. Ask tough interview questions:

(straight from the book, Protecting the Gift – by Gavin De Becker)

– What is your philosophy on discipline?
– Have you ever suspected that a child in your care was being sexually molested by someone?
– What discipline method did your parents use?
– Why do you do this work?
– Have you ever been in an emergency situation while baby-sitting?

See how they answer the questions. Pay attention to their body language and your intuition.

4. Find sitters when not desperate. Sexual predators seek out single moms and families who are in desperate situations.

And ultimately, our intuition sensors are down when we are desperate.

#donotworry #wecandothis #listentoyourinstincts


Jen – advocate for littles (and parents ❤)

P.S. If you know more crucial steps to take, we would love to hear from you in the comment section below.


Jennifer Hillman is a licensed speech-language pathologist, producer of the AWARD-WINNING educational DVD, “The Five B’s”, mother of two and an active advocate and speaker for sexual abuse prevention education in the home, churches and in schools.

For more information on this topic and the AWARD-WINNING educational DVD on empowering children about body safety in order to prevent sexual abuse, go to www.baileybeebelieves.com.


  1. Thanks for providing this list and guidance. As it’s so important to be proactive with our children. I will be sharing this valuable resource on all my Social Media platforms.

    ~ Dr Kay

    • Jennifer Hillman says:

      Dr. Kay,

      Thank you for sharing. I too feel we can stop this darkness with education.


      Jen – advocate for littles (and parents <3)


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