Garda Vetting & Volunteers
There is a now statutory requirement that people who carry out relevant work (i.e. work that involves regular and necessary access to and/or contact with children and/or vulnerable adults) must be vetted prior to commencing relevant volunteer work (and employment!).
Criminal offences will now apply to Boards of Management in the event of failure to comply with these requirements.
Under the new legislation statutory vetting will now include a check for any relevant “soft information” – which is information other than criminal convictions held by the Garda Síochana that leads to a bona-fide belief that a person poses a threat to children or vulnerable persons.
Educate Together transitioned to eVetting in November 2017.
Those who wished to be vetted must now ensure that they;
Complete an Invitation to Vetting form (NVB 1 form).
Provide proof of identification and proof of address.
The identification provided must be accepted under the NVB 100 point check list attached below.
The identification is verified by the Principal who will then forward the application to the national office for processing.
The applicant will then receive a link by email inviting them to complete their online NVB 2 application form. Further details on the process can be found in the Brief Guide to Garda Vetting below.
Vetting of Minors – Transition Year Students
The National Vetting Bureau permits the vetting of those over the age of 16 years old. Where an application is being made for a 16/17 year old, consent of the parent/guardian must also be obtained. All applications for people under 18 years old must be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian Consent form (NVB 3).
Schools should also ensure that the email address and contact number provided on the Invitation to Vetting form (NVB 1) is the email address and contact number of the parent/guardian and not of the young person.
If you have any queries, please contact the school on 01 8272018 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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