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Garda Vetting Update 17 September 2019

September 17, 2019

Garda vetting rejections and relevant work activity

The National Vetting Bureau are not Garda vetting any person whose role does not involve necessary and/or regular access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable persons, under National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012.

We are receiving a high number of Garda vetting applications where the role or activity does not include regular access and contact with children. These are being sent back to our members in the post.

If you are unsure whether a role is relevant, there is a new Identification Verification form. The form has space to fill in the additional details about the work duties a person performs.

There must be a clear description of the job duties which involve regular access and contact with children. For example, childcare manager – you are now required to clarify how this role meets the criteria of relevant work or activities by listing the duties regarding necessary and regular access to children. Therefore the vetting bureau is aware that the job is not just administration.

Garda Vetting for people Under 18 years of age

If an under 18 applicant is a transition year student they do not require Garda vetting. This is outlined in Tusla’s Frequently Asked Questions. They do require that at least two references from reputable persons [one being from the school that the student attends] are sought in writing and are confirmed and checked. Students must not be allowed to supervise children in an early years service, they must be accompanied at all times by a member of staff. They cannot be considered part of the adult/child ratio.

Garda vetting disclosure (and police vetting, where applicable) is required for all transition year students over the age of 18 years.

Garda vetting applicants who are under 18 years of age and are employed by the early years setting, must have Garda Vetting and a parent/guardian consent form must also be completed. The parent or guardian must supply their own email address and phone number on the vetting invitation NVB1 form, and not the child’s email address and phone number. This is made clear by the vetting invitation form for under-18s, which is especially for applicants aged under 18 years.

For more information, please see Tusla’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note that people aged under 16 cannot be Garda vetted.

For more information on Garda vetting please visit our Garda Vetting Section.

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