Garda Vetting Service
Information on Garda Vetting Service provided by Carlow Volunteer Centre
Garda Vetting is the process by which a Garda Vetting Application Form is submitted to the Garda Vetting Bureau asking them to check if a person has any convictions and/or prosecutions, successful or not, pending or completed, recorded against their name.
Carlow Volunteer Centre, as part of our commitment to supporting and promoting volunteering have introduced a Garda Vetting service for voluntary and community groups. All Volunteer Centres now act as an Authorised Signatory for Garda Vetting purposes for voluntary and community organisations that do not otherwise have access to an authorised signatory. Volunteer Centre Ireland and member Volunteer Centres have developed a number of documents to ensure best practice in and assist organisations with Garda Vetting and an agreement on the service with the Garda Vetting Unit and Data Protection.
What is a Liason Person?
A Liason person has completed the training supplied by the Garda Central Vetting Unit and is authorised to act as the liaison between the organisation requesting vetting and the Garda Vetting Bureau.
What is 'Relevant Work'?
Any work or activity which is carried out by a person, where a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable persons.
The Act shall not apply where a person gives assistance on an occasional basis at a school, sports or community event or activity. other than where such assistance includes the coaching, mentoring, counselling, teaching or training of children or vulnerable persons. Each relevant organisation will have to assess the positions involved in accordance with the Act.
Volunteers working in administration, doing practical work, providing professional services or a range of other volunteer opportunities may not need to be vetted as they are not interacting with the clients or directly involved with children or vulnerable people and will never have an opportunity to do so.
Will An Garda Síochána vet volunteers?
The Garda Central Vetting Unit already provides a volunteer vetting service for most large community and voluntary organisations throughout the country via an ‘Liason Person’ within that organisation. This means that a member of staff within that organisation has been trained to be the link between the Garda Vetting Bureau and the organisation. However, they do not currently have the resources to provide this service to smaller organisations. In response to this, the members of Volunteer Centres of Ireland have worked with the Garda Vetting Bureau to train a designated staff member in each volunteer centre in each county to act as an Liason person between local voluntary and community organisations and the Garda Vetting unit.
What does this mean for your organisation?
If your organisation does not have access to an Liason Person and you require Garda Vetting, Carlow Volunteer Centre can process the vetting paperwork for your volunteers. This paperwork is then forwarded to the Garda Vetting Bureau.
For more information on this service please contact Natasha Akerele telephone ( 059) 9173033.