Garda Vetting access facility for DFI Member Organisation

DFI facilitated Garda Vetting Network for disability organisations 

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2012 and Explanatory Memorandum were enacted into Irish Legislation following its passing in December 2012.  The purpose of this Act is to provide a legislative basis for the vetting of persons who seek positions of employment relating to children or vulnerable persons.  The Act also establishes the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) of the Garda Síochána which replaces Garda Central Vetting Unit.  For more details and information on the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 please click here: National Vetting Bureau (Children's and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012

Mandatory Requirement

Once the enforcement order for the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 has been passed, there will be a mandatory requirement for all persons working with children and vulnerable persons to be Garda Vetted.   Organisations will then be obliged to vet all of its future employees who work with children or vulnerable persons prior to commencing employment and will also have to retrospectively vet any current employees who have not previously been the subject of a vetting application.  An organisation will be required to register with the National Vetting Bureau if they are submitting applications themselves or will be able to submit applications through a representative body without having to register.

Frequently Asked Questions on Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting is carried out by the Garda Central Vetting Unit which is based in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.  The Unit primarily deals with requests from organisations that have been registered with it to vet prospective employees.  The Unit also deals with requests from individuals looking for information regarding personal information relating to themselves held by An Garda Síochána subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998/2003.  

Garda Vetting is conducted only on behalf of registered organisations and is not conducted for individual persons on a personal basis.  It is conducted in respect of personnel working in a full-time, part-time, and voluntary or student placement capacity in a position in a registered organisation, through which they have unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults.

According to the An Garda Síochan website, if you are an organisation seeking Garda Vetting for your personnel, the Chief Executive Officer or Managing Director of the organisation should write to the Garda Central Vetting Unit providing the following details:-

  • A description of the service provided by the organisation
  • The approximate number of personnel requiring vetting per annum
  • The level of substantial unsupervised access personnel will have to children and/or vulnerable adults
  • Any additional relevant information e.g. organisational literature orcertificates of registration in respect of charitable status

On receipt of this information, the Garda Central Vetting Unit will respond directly to the applicant organisation.  If you are an individual who has been requested by an organisation to provide Garda Vetting you should advise the organisation of the above procedure.

Garda Vetting Networks as representative bodies

A number of organisations, including two DFI member organisations, are registered as representative bodies/ lead organisations with the National Vetting Bureau.   These lead organisations can provide an access gateways to Garda Vetting for other member and sector organisations who do not have access to the Garda Vetting Unit as described above.  Disability groups who wish to use one of these representative bodies as their lead organisations can contact the organisation directly.  Each lead organisation has one staff member trained as an Authorised Signatory who can process Garda Vetting forms on behalf of the interested organisation. By becoming part of a Garda Vetting Network, the applicant organisation will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Network Lead Organisation.  For processing a vetting application, the lead organisations apply an agreed fee. 

 

Organisations that provide access to Garda Vetting
Organisation Contact Name Telephone No: Email adddress
Bluestack Foundation Joe O'Grady 087- 670 9624 info@bluestackfoundation.com
National Recruitment Federation Yvonne Collins 087- 135 0681 gvs@nrf.ie
WALK Ken Kearney 01-4650388 ken@walk.ie

Why Garda Vetting is important for an organisation

Under this legislation all persons working with children and vulnerable persons  are obliged to be Garda Vetted.  DFI strongly recommends member organisations to also view Garda Vetting as an important protection measure for children and vulnerable persons and for the organisation itself.  Garda Vetting will become mandatory when the enforcement order has been passed but it also greatly reduces the risks to organisations, the responsible board members of that organisation, other staff and, most importantly, the clients and members of that organisation.  It may also reduce legal exposure. Organisations that receive funding from the HSE should also bear in mind that Garda Vetting has become more important in the context of Service Level Agreements and Grant Aid Agreements.

DFI would urge all organisations in this sector to put in place Garda Vetting procedures and policies as quickly as possible.   DFI can provide assistance to organisations in drafting Garda Vetting policies.

Contact

For further information please contact your DFI Support Officer or DFI Head Office on 01- 454 7978 or contact one of the lead organisations to access Garda Vetting for your organisation.

 

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