Fingal Volunteer Garda Vetting Service
As part of Fingal Volunteer Centre’s commitment to support volunteering, we provide a Garda Vetting service for not-for-profit groups in the Fingal area. The service is available for organisations that wish to vet persons, but who do not have access to a Liaison Person within their own organisation.
As a larger number of vetting applications are being rejected by the Vetting Bureau. It is important to have CLEAR role descriptions, that specify how the applicant will work with Children or Vulnerable adults.
If the applicant does not interact with children or vulnerable adults as part of their role, and if interacting with children or vulnerable adults is only incidental: this person should NOT be vetted, and it is deemed an unlawful offence to do so.
It is for this reason that we need to be stricter on CLEAR role descriptions that specify how the person will interact with Children or Vulnerable adults as part of their work.
We would appreciate if you could clarify the role description for NAME
Stating how this applicant will interact with Children / Vulnerable adults as part of their work.
|Incorrect Job Role||Correct Job Role|
|Clerical Officer||Hospital ward clerical officer in contact with vulnerable persons|
|Security Worker||Hospital Security work involves regular and necessary contact with both children and vulnerable adults.|
|Parent||Parent assisting with football juvenile coaching|
|Volunteer||Volunteer at youth charity events|
|Caretaker||School caretaker involves regular contact with children|
|Coach||Coaching U18s team.|
Frequently Asked Questions on Garda Vetting
You will need to contact our Garda vetting liaison officer at [email protected] they will provide you with all the relevant information you will need to get started. And are happy to help with any further questions you might have.
Any staff member/ volunteer /worker who will be doing relevant work as a primary and regular part of their role
- Relevant work should not be incidental to their role, i.e. happening as a minor or secondary part of their role
Schedule 1, Part 1 and Part 2 defines relevant work:
- Part 1: relevant work or activities
relating to children (For the purposes of the Act a child is a person under the age of 18)
- Part 2: relevant work or activities
relating to vulnerable persons
A person, other than a child, who
- Is suffering from a disorder of the mind, whether as a result of mental illness or dementia,
- Has an intellectual disability,
- Is suffering from a physical impairment, whether as a result of injury, illness or age or
- Has a physical disability
Which is of such a nature or degree
- As to restrict the capacity of the person to guard himself or herself against harm by another person, or
- That results in the person requiring assistance with the activities of daily living including dressing, eating, walking, washing and bathing
We aim to have applications processed within 3 working days from the date of submission, once the applicant has completed the inviter link (applicant has 30 days to fill out the link), it takes approximately one to two weeks for the forms to be processed by the National Vetting Bureau and sent back to us, however, some applications can take longer than others.
A disclosure cert is the name of the form that is returned to the organisation once the applicant has been vetted. It does not mean there is a criminal record disclosure, it is simply the name of the document.
Yes, you can do both. A Garda vetting application that discloses a criminal record does not mean you are ineligible to volunteer. Most organisation will consider your job application providing you are upfront and honest. However, it is entirely up to the organisation whether they offer you the position.