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Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting Requirements

Under Regulation 9 Management and Recruitment of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years’ Services) Regulations 2016 all staff members or any persons in direct contact with children in an early years’ service must secure Garda Vetting Disclosure before employment/access commences. This includes Special Needs Assistants (SNA) employed by parents or the service, students, unpaid workers, contractors and members of Board of Management. Those who have lived in another country for more than six consecutive months must provide police vetting from the country in which they resided.

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 (No. 47 of 2012)

makes provision for the protection of children and vulnerable persons and it provides for the establishment and maintenance of a national vetting bureau (children and vulnerable persons) database system. This provides for the establishment of procedures that are to apply, in respect of persons who wish to undertake certain work or services or activities relating to children or vulnerable persons. The National Vetting Bureau Children & Vulnerable Persons Act, 2012 commenced on 29th April 2016. From the 29th April 2016 it is a criminal offence not to have Garda vetting disclosure when working with children and vulnerable adults.

A Garda Vetting webinar is now available below from the National Child Safeguarding Programme website. 

Early Childhood Ireland (ECI)

Early Year’s services/ childminders who are members of the Early Childhood Ireland Association (ECI) should make contact directly to process vetting applications.


Early years services/childminders who are not members of the above mentioned organisations can make contact with Barnardos. Accessing vetting through Barnardos’ Vetting Service will be advised of the process by Barnados

For those who have lived outside Ireland for longer than 6 months

Those who have lived in another country for more than six consecutive months may find out more information from the Embassy of that country or may find the following links useful:

United States of America

Please note that valid Security/Overseas Clearance from the USA must be obtained from the FBI only.

FBI Clearance is valid for all of the United States and convictions / remarks occurring anywhere in the United States would be noted.

Download the Applicant Information form here.

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