The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 provide a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out relevant work with children or vulnerable adults. The Act, commenced on 29th April 2016, also introduced electronic vetting (eVetting).

As part of South Dublin County Volunteer Centre’s commitment to support volunteering we provide a Garda Vetting service for not-for-profit groups in the Dublin city area. The service is available for organisations that wish to vet persons but who do not have access to a Liaison Person within their own organisation.

The National Vetting Bureau has compiled a comprehensive list of questions and answers for individuals and organisations and on the process itself.

Don’t Forget

  • To carry out a risk assessment of all the roles in your organisation to help you assess whether the person being vetted can build up a relationship or trust with a child or vulnerable adult.
  • The Act requires you to carry out a vet before you engage an employee or volunteer. (However you can engage them in non-relevant work).
  • Vetting subjects need to be vetted for each individual role that they take up with an organisation, where vetting is required.
  • Vetting disclosures must be made available to vetting subjects; therefore you must retain a copy of the disclosure for the length of time that the volunteer or employee is with you.
  • You must check, verify and keep proof of the vetting subjects’ identity on file.
  • As set out in the Act – all youth leaders, coaches, trainers, religious leaders who work with groups of children, whether alone or accompanied by another adult, must be vetted.
  • For the purposes of the Act, a child is someone under the age of 18.
  • Retrospective vetting needs to be carried out by 30th May 2018

2017 Statistics

vetting forms processed in 2017
organisations provided with Garda Vetting service
organisations received Garda Vetting induction training

Vetting FAQ

what is relevant work or activities?

Who needs to be vetted

what is a vulnerable adult?

who are the registered and relevant bodies?

information about our vetting service

how long does vetting take?