The Teaching Council announced in June that all registered teachers currently teaching in Irish schools have been vetted. That means that approximately 98,500 teachers on the Teaching Council’s register have now been vetted. Vetting has previously been a requirement for registration with the Teaching Council and since 2016 vetting has been a requirement for taking up new employment in a school.
This requirement on vetting is set out in law and the Teaching Council is the authorised body for administering this requirement for registered teachers in Ireland. This is the first time in the history of the State that all teachers employed in Department of Education and Skills funded schools have been processed by the Teaching Council for the purposes of vetting.
The Director of the Teaching Council Tomás Ó’Ruairc on making this announcement said “
“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 initial registration process since 2007. 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 completion of the vetting process for teachers is an important and historic step for the profession and the wider public. When we leave our children at school, it is hugely important to know that our teachers are compliant with vetting legislation. I want to commend the co-operation of teachers, the Department of Education and Skills, school management and the staff of the Teaching Council along with the National Vetting Bureau on this achievement.”