Do I need to have my Board Members Garda vetted?

At present the Garda National Vetting Bureau are not accepting vetting applications for board of directors and certain ancillary staff, as these positions are not considered relevant work and therefore are not compliant under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012. Where a member of the board of management or an ancillary […]

Do I need to have my Board Members Garda vetted?

At present the Garda National Vetting Bureau are not accepting vetting applications for board of directors and certain ancillary staff, as these positions are not considered relevant work and therefore are not compliant under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012.

Where a member of the board of management or an ancillary staff member has not been processed for vetting by the NVB but has regular access to and contact with children, a Garda vetting application should be made with a clear description of the job duties which involve regular access and contact with children. We have updated our Identification Verification Form to reflect this and have left space for you to fill in the additional details about the work duties a person performs.

If members of the board of management or ancillary staff have access and contact with children, and are refused vetting, they should not be allowed to carry out their duties when children are present.

Services who can demonstrate and evidence that they have followed the steps above, will not be found on their inspection reports as either compliant or non-compliant when they apply for registration or in a context of on-going inspection. The following statement will be made on their inspection report. “The registered provider has evidenced that they made reasonable efforts to meet vetting requirements within existing state legislation for their boards of directors and certain ancillary staff. Appropriate risk management measures are found to have been implemented.”

Tusla are aware of the situation and are engaging with DCYA and the National Vetting Bureau to resolve this issue.

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