Updated 31 July 2015
The Teaching Council is the authorised body for administering vetting for teachers in Ireland. If you are working in, or associated with, a school and you are not a teacher you should contact your Principal who will liaise with the relevant authority on your behalf, e.g., diocesan office, management body, etc.
Vetting as it currently stands under the Garda Central Vetting Unit
At present Garda vetting is conducted by the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) on behalf of relevant organisations, the employees/members of which provide services to children and/or vulnerable persons. The Teaching Council is the relevant organisation for administering Garda vetting for teachers in Ireland.
Current recruitment procedures requirements for Garda Vetting are outlined in the Department of Education and Skills’ Circular 0063/2010. This circular remains in force until the commencement of the National Vetting (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012 (NVB Act). The NVB Act is expected to be commenced in the autumn but no earlier than the 15 October 2015. See further information below.
In preparation for employment which will be entered into prior to the commencement of the NVB Act, teachers and school managements are advised:
- The Department of Education and Skills Circular Letter 63/2010, which sets out recruitment procedure requirements for Garda Vetting, remains in force.
- The Garda Vetting Letter as issued by the Teaching Council will continue to be in operation until the NVB Act is commenced.
- All teachers being appointed to positions of any duration, and who require Garda Vetting under Circular 63/2010, should apply now for vetting using the GV-OPT1 form, unless they have been previously vetted during 2014 or 2015. The GV-OPT1 form is available here.
- Teachers who applied for vetting using the GV-OPT2 form who now require Garda Vetting prior to the commencement of the NVB Act for employment purposes (i.e. teachers who do not have a Garda Vetting result letter from the 2014 or 2015 calendar year), can request that the GV-OPT2 form be converted to a GV-OPT1 form. The Teaching Council will then send that form to the Garda Central Vetting Unit.
Please send requests and any other queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Garda vet provides a statement which gives details of any convictions and or prosecutions, successful or unsuccessful, pending or completed, in relation to the vetting applicant, subject to the administrative filter implemented by the Minister for Justice and Equality on 31 March 2014. An explanation of the administrative filter is available at Garda Central Vetting Unit.
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Planned legislative changes and the establishment of the National Vetting Bureau
Updated 31 July 2015
The process of Garda vetting is due to change during 2015. The National Vetting Bureau will replace the Garda Central Vetting Unit when the National Vetting (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012 comes into operation. It will be a requirement under the National Vetting Bureau Act that all teachers seeking new employment are vetted by the National Vetting Bureau having applied through the Teaching Council. It is anticipated that the National Vetting Bureau Act will commence in Autumn 2015 and not before 15 October.
The Department of Education and Skills has issued Circular 0026/2015, Advance Preparation for National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012, which sets out the advance preparation for the commencement of statutory requirements for Garda vetting under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012.
The Department of Education and Skills have advised however, that Circular 0063/2010 will continue to apply at least up to 15 October 2015 (this date may be extended when the date for the commencement of the Vetting Act is confirmed). Further information is available on the Department’s website.
Earlier in the year, when it was expected that the National Vetting Bureau Act (NVB Act) would be in operation for the new school year (September 2015), two options for applying for Garda Vetting (GV-OPT1 and GV-OPT2 forms) were made available for teachers.
GV-OPT2 was made available to teachers who expected to undertake or seek new employment after the National Vetting Bureau Act came into operation. This option would ensure that the vetting process was completed in time for the teacher to take up employment in a school in September under the new arrangements. However, as noted previously, the National Vetting Bureau Act will not be operation until mid-October at earliest.
Teachers who have applied for vetting using the GV-OPT2 form for a vetting disclosure to be issued by the Bureau following the commencement of the NVB Act, will be contacted by the Teaching Council after the date for commencement of that Act is confirmed.
When the commencement date of the NVB Act is known, new arrangements will be published for teachers to be vetting under the new system (the National Vetting Bureau).
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