Vetting in the GAA
The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 – 2016 commenced on 29th April 2016 and from that date a statutory obligation was placed upon the GAA to ensure that all persons who on our behalf undertook ‘relevant work’ with children has been vetted prior to taking up that role in Ireland.
The term ‘relevant work’ in the GAA includes any role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.
The GAA now uses an online system to complete vetting that is linked to the Garda E-Vetting system.
Click on the E-Vetting link provided above for the online form.
Step 1 – Application for vetting and proof of ID
On the E-Vetting form, please fill in the relevant information, it is important to note that the email address you use for vetting will be the address that further information relating to the e-vetting process is sent to.
In relation to the last two entries on this page; you are asked to submit one piece of photographic evidence and one proof of address.
There are two option in how this is submitted.
The first option is to complete a Vetting ID form, it is linked above. This form details the types of identification and proof of address you can use and it is signed by the Child Welfare Officer.
You can give a copy these pieces of information to the Child Welfare Officer and they are retained until the application is completed.
The second option is that you scan these documents and upload them as part of the form. You show the same information to the child welfare officer but they do not retain them as there is a copy uploaded.
Once the form is completed you can submit it and it generates a reference number. You will be emailed with your details and this reference number. The club secretary will also receive notification that you have applied for vetting.
Step 2 – The Vetting process
When your information is verified the National Vetting Bureau will send you a Vetting Application form, this is send to the email address you provided. You should fill in all the details that the vetting process requires, such as current and previous addresses, and information on yourself.
This form is confidential and should only be returned to the National Vetting Bureau, no club member needs to see this form.
Once this form is returned, you will be notified by email when the vetting is completed and provided with a Garda Clearance Cert.
If you have any queries, or need help completing the process, please contact the club child welfare officer.