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.
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.
Planned legislative changes and the establishment of the National Vetting Bureau
The process of vetting is due to change during 2015. Legislation is currently being prepared by the Department of Justice and Equality to allow for the commencement of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012. After the Act comes into operation, the Garda Central Vetting Unit will be known as the National Vetting Bureau and it will be a requirement by law that all teachers seeking employment are vetted by the National Vetting Bureau having applied through the Teaching Council.
Preparation for the commencement of statutory requirements for Garda Vetting under the National Vetting Bureau
In preparation for the commencement of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012, on 23 April 2015 Circular Letter 0026/2015 was issued by the Department of Education and Skills. The Circular outlines the actions to be taken by:
- Registered teachers who intend seeking new employment immediately after the commencement of the Vetting Act.
Section 3 of the Circular is of particular relevance to teachers and outlines the next steps and actions required.
- The advance preparation and actions to be taken by all school authorities.
Section 4 of the Circular is of particular relevance to school authorities and outlines the next steps and actions required.
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