DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR RETROSPECTIVE VETTING
When the National Vetting Bureau Act commenced in April 2016, it immediately made it a legal requirement for relevant organisations to have anyone working in a relevant role with children or vulnerable adults Garda Vetted before they started in their role. This applied to all workers whether paid or unpaid. There was also a stipulation in the new legislation that made it a legal requirement for all organisations to retrospectively Garda Vet everyone already in their organisation that is performing a relevant role in their organisation by 31st December 2017.
Meath Volunteer Centre, who provide a Garda Vetting service to the not-for-profit sector in Meath, are urging organisations to check whether they have met their legal duties as this deadline fast approaches. As the new legislation has also introduced e-Vetting, the process is now much simpler and quicker, and Meath Volunteer Centre are happy provide assistance to any group that need it. It is now a criminal offence not to retrospectively vet volunteers and employees, in a relevant role with children or vulnerable adults and penalties for failure to comply with the National Vetting Bureau Act include fines and / or imprisonment.