Screening Process for Volunteers
As a voluntary organisation working with children, the Irish Girl Guides must ensure that all children and young people in our care are protected from harm of all kinds. The welfare of our members is of paramount importance and all IGG policies operate within the framework of IGG’s mission statement and support IGG’s aims and objectives in providing a safe environment for its members. As part of our responsibilities in ensuring this, IGG have in place appropriate screening procedures for volunteers which includes Garda vetting.
The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain work or activities relating to children or vulnerable persons. Therefore people 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 Garda Vetted. This applies whether the person works alone or accompanied by another adult. 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.