Garda Vetting

Garda vetting was introduced for teachers who have unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults in 2006. The Teaching Council is the authorised body to seek Garda vetting for teachers.

Requirements to undergo Garda Vetting:

New teachers
All those registering with the Teaching Council for the first time must undergo Garda vetting as part of the initial registration process. Where appropriate, the Teaching Council will decide on the relevance of any conviction to a teacher’s suitability for registration.

Teachers currently in service
The Teaching Council will expand vetting arrangements on a phased basis over the coming years to include all teachers currently in the system, including those who are already registered but who have not yet been vetted.  

Teachers returning from leave
Teachers who are returning to teaching work after a leave of absence of 2 or more years must undergo Garda vetting.

Teachers who change employment
Since January 1, 2011, any teacher appointed to a teaching position must be vetted prior to commencing employment unless they have already been vetted during the same or previous calendar year. This requirement applies for all types of appointment of any duration including full-time, part-time and substitute positions. It applies to those changing employments, e.g. moving between schools on transfer, being redeployed, accepting a new post in their school, etc.

Redeployment
Following representations made by the ASTI, the Department of Education and Skills has confirmed that redeployed teachers should not experience any salary difficulties as a result of their being redeployed.

However, schools that have received redeployed teachers must return the relevant information (including confirmation that Garda vetting is being arranged) to the Department. If you are concerned about this, you should confirm with your school principal that this information has been/ is being returned to the Department. If you have any further concerns please contact ASTI Head Office at 01/6040160.

This requirement does not apply in the case of:
a) a teacher who transfers between schools that are part of the same VEC, or
b) a teacher who is being re-employed by the same school authority provided there is no gap (other than school holidays) immediately prior to the re-employment and the teacher has been previously vetted for the initial employment with that school authority.

The Role of School Authorities

It is the responsibility of the school authority (Board of Management or VEC as appropriate) to ensure that any proposed new appointee is vetted. This should be sought only in respect of a person to whom the school authority proposes offering a job. In the case of new teachers, before they make a formal offer of appointment, schools must request the prospective employee to present the Vetting Letter from the Teaching Council.

The Role of the Teaching Council

As part of the process of registering teachers for the first time, the Teaching Council is the authorised body to seek vetting for new teachers. In practice, this means that the council:

1) receives and checks the completed Garda Vetting Application Forms from final year student teachers in colleges and universities and from other new teachers;
2) forwards the application form to the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) to have vetting carried out in respect of each applicant;
3) receives Garda Vetting results from the GCVU;
4) prepares a Vetting Letter for each applicant giving the results of the vetting.

This means that schools do not need to approach the GCVU directly to request vetting of new teachers.

Note: the Garda Vetting process currently takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

For more information see:

0026-2015 Advance preparation for the commencement of statutory requirements for Garda Vetting under the National Vetting Bureau

Circular 0063/2010, which sets out the recruitment procedures and the requirement for Garda vetting.

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