The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 commenced on Friday, 29th April 2016 and provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting for persons who wish to undertake ‘relevant work or activities’* with ‘children and/or vulnerable adults’**. This requirement applies to anyone who will have regular access to children and/or vulnerable persons in the course of their employment.
New staff members who are to engage in relevant work or activities as part of their roles with the University may only commence employment (on or after 29th April 2016) once they have been successfully vetted.
The retrospective vetting of existing staff members (those employed before 29th April 2016) must be carried out where required by 30th April 2018. There is no statutory timeline prescribed as yet with respect to the re-vetting of staff members.
The Staff Vetting office facilitates the staff vetting process, which is conducted online through the National Vetting Bureau’s e-Vetting system. Further details about Vedtting, e-Vetting, including instructions on how initiate the vetting process and complete the application form, are provided below:
Staff Vetting can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 708 6841 for further information.
*Relevant Work or Activities
- Any work or activity which is carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable adults.
- The Act does not apply where a person gives assistance on an occasional basis at a school, sports or community event or activity, other than where such assistance includes the coaching, mentoring, counselling, teaching or training of children or vulnerable persons.
- Each organisation must assess the roles involved in accordance with the Act.
- A “child” means a person under the age of 18 years.
- The term “vulnerable person” means a person, other than a child, who is (a) suffering from a disorder of the mind, whether as a result of mental illness or dementia or (b) has an intellectual disability or (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.