Overview

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.

If you are working in or associated with a school, and you are not a teacher, you should contact the principal of the school, who may liaise with the relevant authority on your behalf, e.g., diocesan office, management body, etc.

Garda vetting undertaken by the Bureau provides a vetting disclosure outlining the particulars of a criminal record (if any) relating to the person being vetted. It may also provide a statement of specified information (if any), which the Chief Bureau Officer of the Bureau has determined should be disclosed

Specified information means information concerning a finding or allegation of harm to another person, which has been recorded by the National Vetting Bureau following an investigation by An Garda Síochána, TUSLA (the Child and Family Agency), the Health Services Executive or another specified organisation. The Chief Bureau Officer must be satisfied that the disclosure is necessary, proportionate and reasonable in the circumstances in order to protect children and vulnerable persons. The vetting applicant is informed by the Bureau of the intention to disclose specified information and has the right to appeal the disclosure to the National Vetting Bureau in accordance with legislative procedures.