Updated information on IGG Screening / Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting for the Youth Work Sector was formally introduced for new staff and volunteers in September 2006. It is part of the Youth Work sector’s commitment to best practice and is a clear example of the sector’s efforts to protect young people. IGG spent time putting the appropriate systems and procedures in place in order to deal with this and Garda Vetting was introduced as part of IGG’s screening process on 1st September 2007.

With the introduction of the new National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 a number of changes have been made to IGG’s screening process in order to comply with this legislation. The Acts will provide a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain work or activities relating to children or vulnerable persons.

Persons who have on-going contact with children, in the provision of leisure or physical activities (paid or voluntary), other than those who assist ‘occasionally’ or in the course of a family or personal relationship, must be vetted. This applies whether the person works alone or accompanied by another adult. Previously, persons applying for such positions were vetted on a non-statutory basis. This Act now makes vetting mandatory. Failure to comply with this duty is an offence under the Act.

Please note that Garda Vetting is only one element of IGG’s recruitment and selection procedures and new volunteers must complete all elements of the screening process before becoming registered members of IGG. The information disclosed through IGG’s screening process will at all times remain confidential and be treated with the utmost respect. All personal information received verbally or in writing will be treated as confidential.