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 registration process since 2007.
At present, 98.5% of the 98,000 teachers on the Register have been vetted. During 2017 the Teaching Council successfully facilitated the vetting of more than 30,500 of the 32,000 registered teachers who had not been previously vetted through the Council.
The Council has issued notices to all registered teachers who are required to be vetted as part of the Retrospective Vetting process. Teachers who have yet to comply are advised to complete both stages of the vetting application process immediately in order to be eligible to renew their registration on their renewal date.
The requirement to be vetted for both employment and registration purposes is now provided for in law, under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 and the Teaching Council Act 2001-2015. If the vetting request is not complied with, your registration may not be renewed. Teachers who are not registered with the Council cannot receive a state funded salary.
Teachers who have been previously vetted through the Council are exempt from the Retrospective Vetting requirement. Registered teachers can check their vetting status by logging on to the My Registration section of the Teaching Council website www.teachingcouncil.ie.
The DES Circular 0016/2017 sets out the statutory requirements for the retrospective vetting of teaching staff.
The DES Circular 0072/2017 was a reminder to schools regarding the deadline of the 31 December 2017 for the retrospective vetting of teaching staff. Since the publication of this Circular the Minister for Justice and Equality has extended the deadline to 30 April 2018.
Teachers with a registration renewal date before 30 April 2018 should note however, 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.
The requirements for vetting under Circular 0031/2016 will continue to apply for all teachers who are changing employment.
Please see the FAQ section of the Teaching Council website and the FAQ section of the Department of Education and Skills' website for further information regarding the retrospective vetting process.