STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR RETROSPECTIVE VETTING
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.)
Circular 0072/2017 – Reminder to schools regarding the deadline of 31 December 2017 for the retrospective vetting of teaching staff, non-teaching staff and others (published November 2017) reminds school authorities of the practical steps that must be undertaken to ensure that applications for retrospective vetting are made before the deadline of 31 December 2017.
In accordance with section 21 of the Vetting Act, the Minister for Justice and Equality has prescribed that applications for retrospective vetting of employees and other persons who have not previously been Garda vetted and who undertake relevant work or activities with children or vulnerable persons must be made by 31 December 2017.
Each school authority must therefore ensure that applications for the retrospective vetting respect of individuals currently employed, contracted or permitted by it to undertake relevant work or activities with children or vulnerable persons and who have never previously been Garda vetted have been made before 31 December 2017.
Circular 0016/2017 - Statutory Requirements for the retrospective vetting of teaching staff, non-teaching staff and others (published February 2017) outlines the retrospective vetting requirements that apply to school authorities along with the practical arrangements to support such vetting.
An FAQ document to assist schools with queries in relation to the circular is also available.
The main purpose of circular 0016//2017 is to
a) bring to the attention of school authorities their statutory obligations under section 21 of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (the Vetting Act) in respect of the retrospective vetting of 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
b) to outline the practical arrangements in place in respect of such retrospective vetting.
It is the responsibility of each relevant school authority to familiarise themselves with Circular 0016/2017 and with the retrospective vetting requirements of the Vetting Act and to have in place the necessary policy, procedures and practices to ensure compliance with both the Vetting Act and Circular 0016/2017. In particular, school authorities should be aware of the criminal offences that apply in respect of non-compliance with the Vetting Act's obligations in respect of retrospective vetting.
Vetting prior to commencing an employment, contract, permission or placement
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 here - Vetting prior to commencing an employment, contract, permission or placement