IMPORTANT UPDATE RE RETROSPECTIVE VETTING:
The Department of Education and Skills has been informed that on 20 December 2017, the Minister for Justice and Equality signed new regulations extending the deadline for retrospective vetting to 30 April 2018. (This update was published on 22 December 2017. Further information will issue in early January.)
In April 2016 the Minister for Justice and Equality commenced the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (the Vetting Act). It has put in place statutory requirements for the Garda vetting of persons involved in working with children or vulnerable persons, including those working in schools.
The Vetting Act applies to recognised schools and centres of education that employ, contract, permit or place persons in relevant work or activities with children or vulnerable persons.
Information on the statutory vetting requirements that apply prior to commencing the employment, contract, permission or placement of a person to undertake relevant work or activities is available - Commencement Of Statutory Vetting
Information on the statutory requirements for the retrospective vetting of existing teaching staff, non-teaching staff and others who have not previously been Garda vetted and who undertake relevant work or activities with children or vulnerable persons is available - Retrospective Vetting