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April 30, 2019

Garda Vetting Policy

Under Garda vetting legislation, the Childcare Regulations and Children First, every person who works directly with children, must have completed Garda vetting before they start work in an early years service.

The early years service must also have a Garda Vetting Policy under their Recruitment Policy, which outlines the Garda vetting procedure taken for each new employee, for re-vetting and for dealing with Garda vetting disclosures.

Your Garda Vetting Policy should include the following (in line with your Recruitment Policy):


  • Who needs Garda Vetting and Why
    Garda Vetting is a legal requirement for all people working directly with children and vulnerable adults, under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016. Relevant work activity consists of any work or activity which is carried out by a person, where a necessary and/or regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable persons.


  • Your nominated Garda Vetting Liaison Person
    The nominated Garda Vetting Contact Person is registered under the organisation’s membership number with Early Childhood Ireland. It is their role to manage all Garda vetting applications submitted by the organisation.


  • Your nominated Decision Maker or Decision-Making Committee
    A decision maker/ decision making committee can be a senior member of staff or members of the interview panel. The Decision Maker/Decision Making Committee will assess the suitability of applicants for positions within the Organisation regarding any Garda vetting disclosures that may be received in respect of them.


  • The Garda Vetting Process
    For example, in the job advertisement it will be stated that successful applicants will be required to carry out e-vetting through Early Childhood Ireland (via the early years service) and the National Vetting Bureau of the Garda Síochána. Completed Garda vetting is necessary before any employee starts work in the early years’ service under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016. For more information on Garda vetting, please click here>>>




  • How often employees will be re-vetted
    The Early Years Quality and Regulatory Framework and best practice recommends that you have your employees re-vetted every three years. The re-vetting process is the same as the Garda vetting process and is a free service for all Early Childhood Ireland members.



  • Links to related policies and relevant legislation ie. 


Date and Signature



For any further information please click here or contact the Early Childhood Ireland Garda vetting team on 01 4057102.



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