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Garda Vetting Update 14 May 2019

Garda Vetting Update: Transition Year Students

October 3, 2018

Q: Do Transition Year students need to be Garda vetted?

A: Tusla’s Frequently Asked Questions states that Transition Year students aged under 18 do not need to be Garda vetted.

However, ‘prior to any decision…by the registered provider carrying on an early years service to facilitate a Transition Year student placement – it is imperative 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.’ (Emphasis added.)

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 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.

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 are supernumerary and cannot be regarded as staff; therefore, 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.

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

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

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