As part of our commitment to support and promote volunteering Meath Volunteer Centre provides a Garda Vetting service for voluntary and community groups within our local area. Meath Volunteer Centre is registered with the National Vetting Bureau to provide a vetting service for small to medium sized organisations who wish to vet their volunteers, but who do not have access to a Garda Vetting Liaison Person within their own organisation. As of April 29th 2016, a new Bill - The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 came into effect.
This Act makes it mandatory for people working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Garda Síochána National Vetting Bureau.
WHO MUST BE VETTED- WHAT IS RELEVANT WORK?
Under the Act, any person whose work or activity involves access to children or vulnerable adults must be vetted. Workers includes staff, volunteers , directors and those on student placements working for a relevant organisation through which they have unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults.
The act defines “relevant organisation” as one that employs or permits a person to carry out work or activities which mainly consist of them having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable adults.
The work or activities where people working with children and vulnerable adult will require vetting include:
Schools Hospitals and health services
Residential services or accommodation for children or vulnerable persons
Treatment, therapy or counselling services for children or vulnerable persons
Provision of leisure, sporting or physical activities to children or vulnerable persons
Promotion of religious beliefs
There will be a number of roles where you will have to carry out a risk assessment and decide if the position allows the person to build up a relationship of trust with a child or vulnerable adult.
WHO IS A VULNERABLE PERSON?
A ‘vulnerable person’ means a person, other than a child, who:
(a) is suffering from a disorder of the mind, whether as a result of mental illness or dementia,
(b) has an intellectual disability,
(c) is suffering from a physical impairment, whether as a result of injury, illness or age, or
(d) has a physical disability,
which is of such a nature or degree—
(i) as to restrict the capacity of the person to guard himself or herself against harm by another person, or
(ii) that results in the person requiring assistance with the activities of daily living including dressing, eating, walking, washing and bathing.
WHAT IS A RELEVANT ORGANISATION?
A ‘relevant organisation’ means a person (including a body corporate or an unincorporated body of persons)—
(i) employs (whether under contract of employment or otherwise) any person to undertake relevant work or activities,
(ii) enters into a contract for services with any person for the provision by that person of services that constitute relevant work or activities,
(iii) permits any person (whether or not for commercial or any other consideration) to undertake relevant work or activities on the person’s behalf,
(iv) is a provider of courses of education or training, including internship schemes, for persons and, as part of such education or training or scheme, places or makes arrangements for the placement of any person in work experience or activities where a necessary part of the placement involves participation in relevant work or activities, but does not include an individual who does any of the matters referred to in subparagraphs (i) to (iv) in the course of a private arrangement,
(b) who carries on the business of an employment agency within the meaning of the Employment Agency Act 1971 for the employment of persons to undertake relevant work or activities,
(c) established by or under an enactment (other than the Companies Acts) whose functions include the regulation, registration, licensing or other authorisation (howsoever described) of persons who undertake relevant work or activities, or
(d) who represents for the purposes of the vetting procedures under this Act, another person, trade, profession or body, organisation or group or other body of persons that undertakes relevant work or activities;
“relevant work or activities” means—
(a) relevant work or activities relating to children, or
(b) relevant work or activities relating to vulnerable persons;
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR ORGANISATION?
In Summary: If your organisation is deemed a Relevant Organisation, you are required by law to vet anyone who is engaged in relevant work before they commence their role.
There are new obligations required by you. These are a legal responsibility to check, verify and keep on file the applicants ID The storage of disclosures and data returned on each vetting subject
FIND OUT MORE
For details on the process please contact Garda Vetting Liaison Officer Emma Symes
Tel 046 9280790