What is Relevant Work Activity?

A new Compliance Unit has been established in the Garda National Vetting Bureau, to ensure that statutory, voluntary and community organisations are adhering to their statutory obligations. One of these obligations is to only Garda vet people who carry out relevant work. This consists of any work or activity carried out by a person in […]

What is Relevant Work Activity?

A new Compliance Unit has been established in the Garda National Vetting Bureau, to ensure that statutory, voluntary and community organisations are adhering to their statutory obligations.

One of these obligations is to only Garda vet people who carry out relevant work. This consists of any work or activity carried out by a person in which a necessary and/or regular part consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable persons.

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. This only needs to be filled out if you are unsure whether the job is relevant, or it is not made clear by the job title that they have regular and direct contact with children.
The work duties section must have a clear description of the job duties which involve regular access and contact with children. For example ‘Manager’ does not give enough specific detail of the duties which involve children; please include things like covering staff breaks, changing nappies, supervision of children etc.

Applications for vetting should not simply use generic terms to describe the role of the persons wishing to be vetted, but a clear description of how their work functions, and how their role involves regular access and contact with children.

If the role is not a relevant work activity (as defined above) then the Garda vetting forms for the applicant will be returned to the early years service.

Evidence of unsuccessful applications for vetting must be kept on file for examination by the Tusla Inspectorate.

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