Under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016 it is mandatory for people working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Garda Síochána National Vetting Bureau.
The National Vetting Bureau of the Garda Síochána (formerly the Garda Central Vetting Unit) deals with requests to provide information on certain prospective employees or other workers. The Bureau carries out vetting for relevant organisation that are registered with it.
At the request of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), Barnardos is assisting in the processing of Garda Vetting applications for a number of groups/organisations who are not directly registered with the National Vetting Bureau (NVB).
If you are not already registered with Barnardos, please contact us to establish if we will be able to assist your organisation/group with your vetting requirements.
Organisations accessing vetting through Barnardos’ Vetting Service will then receive an Information Guidance Pack and the necessary forms to start the process.
Currently the processing time is 4-6 weeks.
The applicant can track the progress of their application at every stage of the process.
Therefore, once the process is started, organisations are advised to keep in touch with the applicant to ensure that they have received an email from the NVB and they complete the online application without delay.
If you have any queries when completing the online form, there is a user guide provided by the National Vetting Bureau on their website.
Application must be submitted to Barnardos. Any Vetting Invitation forms submitted directly to the National Vetting Bureau will not be processed and will be returned to the sender.
How long is my Garda Vetting valid for?
Each Vetting Letter will show the date on which it was issued. At present there is no actual expiry date but it is expected that renewal will be within a 3 year cycle. The QRF states that Garda vetting must be renewed every three years.
Details of relevant work or activities are outlined in Part 1 and 2 of Schedule 1 of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016.
Full details of the NVB Acts can be accessed at: http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2012/act/47/enacted/en/print.html