Information on Garda Vetting Service provided by Mayo Volunteer Centre
Mayo Volunteer Centre can assist local voluntary and community groups to access Garda Vetting for their volunteers and paid staff.
As of April 29th 2016, the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012 - 2016 is the legislative framework that covers Garda Vetting in Ireland. This act makes it mandatory for people working or volunteering with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau.
WHO MUST BE VETTED- WHAT IS RELEVANT WORK?
Under the Acts, any person whose work or activity involves access to children or vulnerable adults must be vetted. Workers include staff, volunteers and those on student placements working for a relevant organisation through which they have unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults. The act defines “relevant organisation” as one that employs or permits a person to carry out work or activities which mainly consist of them having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable adults.
The work or activities where people working with children and vulnerable adult will require vetting include:
- Childcare services – see also ‘Further information’ below
- Hospitals and health services
- Residential services or accommodation for children or vulnerable persons
- Treatment, therapy or counselling services for children or vulnerable persons
- Provision of leisure, sporting or physical activities to children or vulnerable persons
- Promotion of religious beliefs
There will be a number of roles where you will have to carry out a risk assessment and decide if the position allows the person to build up a relationship of trust with a child or vulnerable adult.
WHAT IS A VULNERABLE ADULT?
A vulnerable person means a person, other than a child, who is suffering from a disorder of the mind, whether as a result of mental illness or dementia, has an intellectual disability, is suffering from a physical impairment, whether as a result of injury, illness or age, or has a physical disability, which is of such a nature or degree as to restrict the capacity of the person to guard himself or herself against harm by another person, or that results in the person requiring assistance with the activities of daily living including dressing, eating, walking, washing and bathing.
WHAT IS A RELEVANT ORGANISATION?
A relevant organisation means a person (including a body corporate or an unincorporated body of persons) who employs, enters into a contract for services or permits any person to undertake relevant work or activities, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable adults. A relevant organisation shall not permit any person to undertake relevant work or activities on behalf of the organisation unless the organisation receives a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of that person. A person who contravenes this section shall be guilty of an offence.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR ORGANISATION?
If your organisation is deemed a Relevant Organisation, you are required by law to vet anyone who is engaged in relevant work before they commence their role.
You are required to verify and keep on file a record of the applicant's proof of identity.
You are required to keep a copy of all vetting disclosures for the duration of your volunteer or staff member's time in the role for which they were vetted.
Evetting is being rolled out on a phased basis. Mayo Volunteer Centre hopes to be moving to Evetting in the coming months. We will keep you informed.
HOW DOES THE SERVICE WORK?
For details on the process please contact Fiona, by calling the Volunteer Centre on 096 71444
In general to avail of this service:
- Your organisation will be required to register with Mayo Volunteer Centre and to sign up to a Service Level Agreement. You will be required to attend training and abide by best practice in terms of data protection and vetting processes.
- A fee is applicable for this service. Details will be provided on enquiry
For more information on how to access Garda Vetting via Mayo Volunteer Centre please contact Fiona Cunnane by email or telephone (096) 71444.