As part of the registration process, the Teaching Council must be satisfied that a person is a fit and proper person to be admitted to the register as set out in Section 31(5)(b) of the Teaching Council Acts 2001 to 2012 and Section 10(1)(b) of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations 2016 and Teaching Council [Registration] (Amendments) Regulations 2016. As an applicant for registration you must:
- provide a Character Reference that is certified by an appropriately qualified person, and
- undergo the National Vetting Bureau vetting process
The application form for registration includes a section titled Character Reference which must be certified by a person (see below) who has known you for at least one academic year within the past five years.
This section of the form must be certified by one of the following:
- the Head of school placement in the college or university where you completed your teacher education programme
- a tutor of the college or university where you completed your teacher education programme or primary degree
- a school principal or CEO of an Education and Training Board (ETB), or
- a teacher registered with the Teaching Council in Ireland.
It is a requirement under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (NVB Act) that individuals who work with children and vulnerable persons be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau (the Bureau).
The Teaching Council is the authorised body for administering vetting for teachers in Ireland and is required to assess the vetting disclosure for suitability for registration. The school is required to receive and assess the vetting disclosure for employment purposes.
The Role of School Authorities
The relevant school authority (Board of Management or ETB as appropriate) must ensure that any proposed new appointee who may have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults is vetted. This should be sought only if the person is being offered a job. Schools must request prospective teachers to present the vetting Disclosure from the Teaching Council, before making a formal offer of appointment.
The National Vetting Bureau currently undertakes vetting on addresses in Ireland and Northern Ireland only. An applicant for registration who has resided outside of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland for a total of three years or more, after the age of 18, is required to provide the following supporting documentation when submitting his/her Garda Vetting application form:
- Certified copies of police clearance documents from all jurisdictions/states of previous residence, referring to the time spent in each jurisdiction/state. The Teaching Council only accepts police clearance documents which cover the entire period of residence in other jurisdictions/states.