Garda Vetting - Important Update

Information of Changes as a Result of the National Bureau Act 2012

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After 11th July 2014 applications submitted on any of the old vetting forms cannot be accepted by the PPUI as they will not be processed by the Garda Central Vetting Unit. Any old application form received after this date will be returned to the applicant for resubmission on the new form. Old forms, hard or soft copies should be discarded to avoid confusion.

The change is due to a filter being applied to certain information previously released by the Central Vetting Unit and requires the declaration to be altered to reflect this. The change is necessary to ensure you, as the applicant, have agreed to the data being disclosed. The primary change following the application of this filter is that certain minor convictions over 7 years old are no longer included in disclosures (Full details in link below).

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 is the new vetting legislation passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas in December 2012. This legislation is part of a suite of complementary legislative proposals to strengthen child protection policies and practices and was implemented on March 31st 2014.

Now that the Vetting Act has commenced, the law on vetting becomes formal and obligatory and all organisations that work with children and vulnerable adults or provide them with a service will be legally obliged to have their personnel who work with such children and vulnerable adults vetted. Such personnel must be vetted prior to the commencement of their work with their Association or Sports body.

The implementation of the National Vetting Bureau Act means that it is mandatory that anybody working with children or vulnerable adults in PPUI clubs are vetted, whereas before it was voluntary.  In effect this means that any person working on behalf of the Union or on behalf of any of our clubs with people under the age of 18 years of age will be required to be vetted. It is up to the immediate governing body responsible (Club, County Board or Union) to ensure a person in any such position, paid or voluntary, has been vetted. The Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland provide this service, it’s up to clubs and county boards to utilise it.

If you would like further information on this please contact the PPUI authorised signatory, Pauric Buggy at [email protected]

Please find the new form linked HERE. It is also available in the Downloads > Club Forms section of the website. A form will be sent to each club accompanying a letter outlining the details in this article.