Cavan Volunteering Information Service currently does not provide a Garda Vetting service for voluntary and community groups within our local area. Monaghan Volunteer Centre is registered with the National Vetting Bureau to provide a vetting service for small to medium sized organisations who wish to vet their volunteers, but who do not have access to a Liaison Person within their own organisation.
Garda Vetting is the process by which a form is submitted to the National Vetting Bureau of the Garda Siochana asking them to check if a person has any convictions and/or prosecutions, successful or not, pending or completed, recorded against their name.
A Liaison Person is a person who has completed the training supplied by the National Vetting Bureau and is authorised to act as the liaison between the organisation requesting vetting and the Garda Central Unit.
The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 was enacted in December 2012 and commenced on the 29th April 2016. This legislation is part of a suite of complementary legislative proposals to strengthen child protection. The Act provides a legislative basis for the vetting of all persons who seek positions of employment (including volunteering) relating to children or vulnerable persons. This Act makes such vetting mandatory.
Those involved in 'any work or activity which is carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with children or vulnerable persons in (amongst others)':
• Childcare Services
• Hospitals and health services
• Residential services or accommodation for children or vulnerable persons
• Provision of leisure or physical activities to children or vulnerable persons (unless this is incidental to the provision of services to a mixed group including adults)
• Promotion of religious beliefs
The National Vetting Bureau provides a volunteer vetting service for most large community and voluntary organisations throughout the country via a ‘Liaison Person’ within that organisation. This means that a member of staff within that organisation has been trained to be the link between the Garda Vetting Unit and the organisation. However, the National Vetting Unit does not currently have the resources to provide this service to smaller organisations. In response to this, the members of Volunteer Ireland have worked with the National Vetting Bureau to train a designated staff member in each volunteer centre in each county to act as a Liaison Person between local voluntary and community organisations and the National Vetting Bureau.
As of July 2014 the Garda Vetting Unit will apply an Administrative Filter to all forms processed. This change is being made in anticipation of the amendment and commencement of the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012.
This filter will mean that certain offences will no longer be reflected on a processed Garda Vetting form. Certain criminal convictions such as Offences against the person, Sexual Offences and Convictions on indictment will be disclosed in all cases.
Certain District Court Convictions will not be disclosed, these include Motoring Offences, Minor Public Oder Offences and certain other Motoring Offences.
A new version of the Garda Vetting form was introduced in July 2014 to reflect this change. To get further information on how this Filter works contact Monaghan Volunteer Centre at 047-72191.
As of January 2014 Monaghan Volunteer applies a charge of €5 per Garda vetting form to the cover the cost of administration.
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