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Garda Vetting

Vetting Of All ISPCC Staff And Volunteers

(updated February 2022)

Since the commencement of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 on the 29th April, 2016, the ISPCC shall NOT permit any person to undertake relevant work or activities on behalf of the organisation unless a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau is received in respect of that person.

Any disclosures may ultimately affect the suitability of a person to work within the ISPCC. The ISPCC recognises that there are some areas/ instances, in particular that would automatically deem an individual unsuitable to work with the organisation. These exclusion clauses are outlined below:

Exclusion Clauses for Prospective Employees/Volunteers;

  • The Irish Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Children consider the following as reasonable grounds for the organisation not to proceed with either an interview or an appointment of an individual (for volunteer and staff positions) where that individual:
  • Has been dishonest in their application and / or Garda Vetting Form.
  • Has been convicted of a crime that relates to the ill treatment or neglect of children / minors / vulnerable people.
  • Has drug and/or alcohol related charges / convictions, especially where there was evidence that children were involved.
  • Has charges / convictions relating to the ownership, production, possession or distribution of child pornography.
  • Is known to the child protection services where this knowledge would involve concerns around the candidate’s suitability to work with children.
  • Has a finding of ‘confirmed’ child abuse or neglect by the Health Services Executive but may not have attracted a criminal conviction. (There are three categories that the Health Service Executive can confirm abuse –
    1. through a medical examination,
    2. through an admission of guilt by the alleged perpetrator or
    3. via a ruling of a court).
  • Has serious driving related charges / convictions
  • Has public disorder and/or assault related charges / convictions.
  • Has damage to public property related charges / convictions, including larceny.
  • Has any other offence that in the organisation’s opinion deems the person unfit to work with the ISPCC. (This would include crimes of deception / fraud / domestic violence / assault etc.).
  • All information pertaining to this process will be received, process and maintained in line with GDPR regulations [Link to Data Protection Policy on site].
  • For an overview chart of the ISPCC’s Vetting Process, click here
  • ID submitted for Garda Vetting purposes must have a combined score of over 100, from the 100 Point Check list.