Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults

10 April 2024

Whatever the nature of your organisation, you may come into contact with children or vulnerable adults. Protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities is a vitally important duty.

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If your church members or people involved in running activities associated with your church are likely to come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, it is essential they are vetted by the National Vetting Bureau.

The National Vetting Bureau, is conducted by An Garda Síochána on behalf of registered organisations only, and is not conducted for individual persons on a personal basis. It provides access to criminal records and other relevant information to organisations in the Republic of Ireland. The results of the checks carried out help organisations make more informed decisions when recruiting people to work with children and vulnerable persons.
Through the vetting service, organisations can ensure greater protection for the vulnerable members of our society and afford greater protection to their customers, staff, volunteers and ultimately their organisation.
If an organisation requests a vetting check, the individual concerned must be told why the check is taking place and where they can get independent advice.