The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 provide a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out relevant work with children or vulnerable adults. The Act also creates offences and penalties for persons who fail to comply with its provisions. The Act stipulates that a relevant organisation shall not permit any person to undertake relevant work or activities on behalf of the organisation, unless the organisation receives a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of that person.
Therefore it is a requirement for any person, group or organisation working with children or vulnerable adults on Newmarket-on-Fergus Community Centre premises to be Garda Vetted before they commence programmes on our premises with children or vulnerable adults. It is an offence not to do so. Children are young people under the age of 18 years. Children between the ages of 16 and 17 years may be Garda Vetted if they have written consent from their parent or guardian. Children under 16 years may not be Garda Vetted.
The decision to engage with Garda Vetting is part of Newmarket-on-Fergus Community Centres safeguarding standards to protect the welfare of children and vulnerable adults who use our facilities. All leaders of groups or organisations and their operatives, who have regular and continuous access to young people or vulnerable adults while using our facilities are required to partake of the Garda Vetting process. This is necessary within safeguarding standards for Newmarket-on-Fergus Community Centre. Failure to successfully complete the process may result in a withdrawal of permission to use our facilities.
How to Apply
Clare Volunteer Centre will help with the process by registering your group or organisation with The National Vetting Bureau (Ph.065-6866800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be a small administrative charge. Clare Volunteer Centre will invite you to complete an invitation form (NVB1) which you will return to them, and on receipt of the completed form by them, they will process your invitation. You will then receive on-line from The National Vetting Bureau a vetting form (NVB2) which you are invited to complete and return to Garda Vetting on-line. In due course you will receive a response from Garda Vetting. The vetting process will take approximately 3 weeks, this time scale must be taken into account when engaging any voluntary or paid worker. No person under the age of 18 may undergo a vet unless with signed parental or guardian permission (form NVB3). No person under the age of 16 may be vetted.
It should be noted that by receiving a 'clearance' Garda Vetting response this does not mean that The National Vetting Bureau have recommended that the candidate is suitable for the job offered. The decision to engage the candidate is the group or organisations decision only.
Who is required to be vetted?
Requirements for the Garda Vetting process
This policy will be reviewed as necessary and particularly to comply with any relevant legislative changes.
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