Registered teachers who have never previously been vetted through the Teaching Council must apply for vetting as part of their registration renewal process. All teachers who have previously been vetted through the Teaching Council will have been issued with either a Teaching Council GCVU vetting result letter (prior to 29 April 2016) or a National Vetting Bureau Disclosure (post 29 April 2016).
Under the terms of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012-2016 (“the NVB Acts”), all persons who are employed in positions where they have regular access to children and vulnerable persons must be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau. Under Section 21 of the NVB Acts, it is an offence for an employer to employ a teacher where an application for vetting has not been submitted to the Bureau for that teacher by 31 December 2017. The deadline is now extended to 30 April 2018, as instructed by the Minister for Justice and Equality.
The Teaching Council are facilitating the retrospective vetting of teachers, which will be carried out as part of teacher’s registration renewal process in accordance with Section 33 of the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015. Teachers with a registration renewal date before 30 April should note, that in order to be eligible to renew their registration they will need to have been vetted through the Teaching Council before their renewal date.