Garda vetting can seem confusing and complex. This page aims to clear up any questions a volunteer may have about Garda
The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 provide a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out relevant work with children or vulnerable persons.
Who must be GARDA vetted?
Under the Acts, any person whose work or activity involves access to children or vulnerable persons must be vetted. Workers include staff, volunteers and those on student placements working for a relevant
The work or activities where people working with children and vulnerable adult will require vetting include:
* Childcare services
* Hospitals and health services
* Residential services or accommodation for children or vulnerable persons
* Treatment, therapy or
* 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
According to the act a vulnerable person means 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.
For more detailed information on vetting legislation in Ireland please see the National Vetting Bureau’s FAQ section.
This voluntary organisation, which was granted charitable status in 1995, has two main objectives:
to raise funds via charitable donations/fundraising to provide seed capital for the development of new services in LUH and secondly to facilitate voluntary work to augment ordinary hospital services. The Friends have been responsible for raising in excess of €7 million from membership fees, donations, church gate collections and various fund-raising events throughout the North West since 1992.
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