The wellbeing of children and vulnerable persons is a central element of the professional responsibility of teachers. This is why the Teaching Council has included a requirement to be vetted as part of the registration process since 2007.
At present, 83% of the 97,000 teachers on the Register have been vetted. Since the start of 2017 the Teaching Council has successfully facilitated the vetting of more than 16,000 of the 32,000 registered teachers who had not been previously vetted through the Council.
On 11 September, the Council issued notices to the remaining 16,000 registered teachers who are required to be vetted as part of the Retrospective Vetting process. If you are one of the these teachers you are advised to comply with both stages of the vetting application process in the 28 day timeframe specified in order for you to be eligible to renew your registration on your renewal date.
The requirement to be vetted for both employment and registration purposes is now provided for in law, under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 and the Teaching Council Act 2001-2015. If the vetting request is not complied with, your registration may not be renewed. Teachers who are not registered with the Council cannot receive a state funded salary.
It is vitally important that we ensure that all registered teachers are vetted in order to ensure continuing public confidence and trust in the profession. The Council would like to thank teachers for their cooperation and collaboration in ensuring that the Register of teachers will consist of 100% vetted teachers
Teachers who have been previously vetted through the Council are exempt from the Retrospective Vetting requirement. Registered teachers can check their vetting status by logging on to the My Registration section of the Teaching Council website www.teachingcouncil.ie.
The DES Circular 0016/2017 sets out the statutory requirements for the retrospective vetting of teaching staff.
The DES Circular 0072/2017 is a reminder to schools regarding the deadline of the 31 December 2017 for the retrospective vetting of teaching staff.
The requirements for vetting under Circular 0031/2016 will continue to apply for all teachers who are changing employment.
Please see the FAQ section of the Teaching Council website and the FAQ section of the Department of Education and Skills' website for further information regarding the retrospective vetting process.