11. I am a registered teacher who has never been vetted. I may apply for promotion or move to another school this year. Should I wait for the Teaching Council to invite me to apply for vetting?

No. The requirements for vetting under Circular 0031/2016 will continue to apply for all teachers who are changing employment. The Teaching Council will continue to operate its standard vetting procedures for registration and for those commencing and changing employment for the duration of the retrospective vetting project. If a previously un-vetted teacher applies to be vetted for a change in employment, they will not be contacted as part of the retrospective vetting project.

12. I am a registered teacher, I haven't been vetted since I registered, do I need to be re-vetted on a regular basis?

Currently there is no requirement to be re-vetted at regular intervals. A timeline for this process may be established in the future. This will be subject to the decision of the Minister for Justice and Equality. In addition, the Council may also decide to request that you be vetted as part of a future registration renewal.

13. Do I need to have an email address to complete the vetting process?

Yes. The National Vetting Bureau has devised an e-vetting (on-line) solution to ensure speed and accuracy in the vetting process. An email address is a requirement to undertake vetting.

If you have specific difficulties with email access please contact the Teaching Council for assistance.

14. I have changed my email address in recent months, how can I update my details?

Registered Teachers can update their contact details by logging on to My Registration section of the Teaching Council website www.teachingcouncil.ie.

15. I notice a requirement to provide all of my addresses from birth on my vetting application form. I cannot remember the exact details of where I have lived, is this information necessary?

Yes. It is a legal requirement to provide the National Vetting Bureau with a list of your addresses since birth in order for their record search to be undertaken in the correct manner. Any gaps in your address history will cause delays and other potential issues with your vetting application.

16. I have received an email link from the NVB requiring me to provide all of my addresses from birth. How much time do I have to complete this form?

The Council will write to each of the registered teachers who have not previously been vetted to inform them of the requirement to be vetted and a specific timeframe within which they must complete both stages of the application process.

While an email link to the National Vetting Bureau website may remain active for 30 days, this is the Bureau's system timeframe not the Council's timeframe. You are asked to complete this step of the process immediately in order to adhere with Council specified timeframes.

You must apply for vetting when requested to do so and within the timeframe specified by the Council in order to renew your registration. Failure to comply with the requirement to be vetted may mean that your registration will not be renewed and that you will be removed from the register. This would mean that you would not be eligible to receive a salary paid by the State.

17. Do I need to provide overseas police clearance as I am a registered teacher who has lived overseas for more than three years?

No, you are not required to provide police clearance for your period of residence overseas as you are a registered teacher. The requirement to provide overseas police clearance applies to teachers applying for registration only.

18. What information is revealed on a vetting disclosure?

National Vetting Bureau (NVB) disclosures are categorised in two ways: Nil disclosures and Trace disclosures.

The Nil vetting disclosures includes:

  • a statement that there is no criminal record or specified information in relation to the person (see Q.17 for more information on Specified Information).

The (Trace) vetting disclosure includes:

  • particulars of the criminal record (if any) relating to the person, and a statement of the specified information (if any) relating to the person, which the Chief Bureau Officer has determined should be disclosed in accordance with section 15 of the NVB Act.

Certain minor convictions which occurred more than seven years ago and which are deemed spent in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act, 2016 may not be disclosed. (Please see Q.18 for more information).

19. What is specified (soft) information?

Specified information means information concerning a finding or allegation of harm to another person, which has been recorded by the National Vetting Bureau following an investigation by An Garda Síochána, TUSLA (the Child and Family Agency), the HSE or another organisation listed in schedule 2 of the NVB Acts. The process for the disclosure of specified information by the National Vetting Bureau is set out in the NVB Acts. Amongst other things, the Chief Bureau Officer must be satisfied that the disclosure is necessary, proportionate and reasonable in the circumstances in order to protect children and vulnerable persons.

The vetting applicant is informed by the National Vetting Bureau of the intention to disclose specified information and has the right to appeal the disclosure to the National Vetting Bureau in accordance with legislative procedures.  

20. Do I have to disclose all convictions?

Where an application for a vetting disclosure is being submitted to the Bureau you are required to provide details of all convictions as part of the application, except for convictions to which section 14A of the NVB Acts applies. More information can be found here. If you are unsure of your standing in relation to a particular offence please seek the appropriate legal advice.