Garda Vetting Q&A with the National Vetting Bureau

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Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland are committed to a child-centered approach to our work with children and young people. It is central to our vision that children and staff members, volunteers, interns and artists are unconditionally respected and kept safe from harm while using our services.

This session with Inspector Marisa Costello and Sergeant Jim Gould of the Garda Vetting Bureau will be of great interest to anyone programming or presenting literary events for children. Over the course of a two hour session Inspector Costello and Sergeant Gould will present on the work of the bureau followed by a Q&A session, where they will answer any questions arising from the attendees. The direction of the session will be driven by your questions, allowing you to address any specific questions or queries you may have about Garda vetting, its suitability and applicability in a variety of settings.

Festival programmers, arts programmers, venue operators and artists doing events for children and young people are all welcome to this free MS Teams webinar. Come with questions and leave with answers.

The National Vetting Bureau

Since the commencement of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 on 29th April 2016, the national vetting unit of An Garda Síochána (known before the Act as the Garda Central Vetting Unit) is now known as the National Vetting Bureau. The National Vetting Bureau is the single point of contact in An Garda Síochána to conduct Garda Vetting. Its primary objective is to provide an accurate and responsible vetting service which enhances the protection of children and vulnerable persons through enabling safer recruitment decisions. It currently operates in five locations – Thurles, Tipperary Town, Ennis, Waterford and Enniscorthy.

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Garda Vetting is conducted in respect of any person who is carrying out work or activity, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable persons. It is a service designed to enhance the protection of children and vulnerable persons.

We will make such enquiries with An Garda Síochána or a Scheduled Organisation, as we deem necessary, to establish whether there is any criminal record or specified information relating to the applicant. We do not make decisions in respect of the suitability of an applicant for a position; this is the sole responsibility of the registered organisation.

We provide potential employers and voluntary sector organisations with relevant criminal history information on individuals applying for relevant work. We issue disclosures which give details of an individual’s criminal convictions or state that they have none. Using these disclosures will assist a potential employer or voluntary organisation in their recruitment decision, helping to protect children and vulnerable persons.

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