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Garda Vetting Update – Students

January 22, 2020

Transitions Year Students


Q. Do Transition Year students need to be Garda Vetted?

A. The Tusla FAQ’s state that transition year students under 18 do not need to be Garda vetted but ‘prior to any decision made by the registered provider carrying on an early years service to facilitate a transition year student placement – it is imperative that at least 2 references from reputable persons [one being from the school that the student attends] are sought in writing and are confirmed and checked.’ All references should be requested from someone who has first-hand knowledge and experience of the student. The references can be from the secondary/second level school, previous employment or work experience or from any independent person in the community.

If an early years service wishes to have these students vetted, a Parent Guardian Consent Form must also be filled out and the parent or guardian must supply their own email address and phone number on the Vetting Invitation NVB1 Form, not the child’s email address and phone number. The Under18s Vetting Invitation Form makes this clear and is especially for applicants under 18 year of age. The Identification Verification form is also required with these two forms.

A transition year student must not be left alone with any child in the early years service. They must be accompanied at all times by a staff member. Garda vetting disclosure (and police vetting where applicable) is required for all transition year students over the age of 18 years.

An important point with regard to students: 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. Students cannot be regarded as staff and therefore cannot be considered as part of the adult / child ratio. They cannot be treated as staff: they are supernumerary.

See the Tusla Frequently Asked Questions document for further information.

People under 16 cannot be Garda vetted.

 

International Students

Q. Do international students need to be Garda vetted? 

A: Yes, if you have international students (aged over 16 years) coming to your early childhood service in Ireland, they will need to be vetted by the Irish National Vetting Bureau through YOU – the registered childcare provider, using the usual procedure with Early Childhood Ireland. You will need to allow time to have their vetting organised before they can come into your early childhood service i.e. start the process at least a month to 8 weeks beforehand.

The international students will also need to send you a copy of their Police Clearance Certification for all international addresses that they have lived at for longer than 6 months (once they were over the age of 18 years) before they start their placement in your service. Please click here for more information on overseas police clearance.

Parent Consent – International Students Under 18

Parents or guardians of 16-18 year olds are required to complete the Parent Guardian Consent Form

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. The Under 18s Vetting Invitation Form makes this clear.

The Identification Verification form is also required with these 2 forms.

 

Third Level College Students

Q. Do third level college students need to be Garda Vetted?

A. The Tusla FAQ’s have the following information:

Q111. Is it necessary for a registered provider to apply for Garda vetting disclosure when a student is placed in their service?

A: No. It is the accepted practice that colleges as the relevant organisation (employer) in the Republic of Ireland apply for Garda vetting disclosure prior to placement. Prior to any placement the college must allow the registered provider consideration of the vetting disclosures received by the college from the National Vetting Bureau of the Garda Siochana in accordance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 (No. 47 of 2012).

Police Vetting
Additionally if the student; who is over 18 years; has either lived or worked abroad they must have police vetting certificates. This specific information will allow the person carrying on an early years service to make informed decisions with regard to any placement.

For more, please click here

 

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