Garda Vetting Service

Information on Garda Vetting Service provided by Fingal Volunteer Centre
The aim of this document is to distribute information regarding Garda vetting of volunteers and minimise confusion surrounding the service provided by An Garda Síochána.
What is Garda Vetting?
Garda Vetting is the process by which a Garda Vetting Application Form is submitted to An Garda Síochána Vetting Office asking them to check if a person has any convictions and/or prosecutions, successful or not, pending or completed, recorded against their name.
Do volunteers need to be vetted?
At present, there is no legal requirement to vet volunteers, although this will be introduced at some point in the future. Many organisations choose to make it a policy to vet volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults and / or are responsible for finances. However, most organisations recognise that not all volunteers may need to be vetted. For example, volunteers working in administration, doing practical work, providing professional services or a range of other volunteer opportunities may not need to be vetted as they are not interacting with the clients or directly involved in finance and will never have an opportunity to do so.
It is up to the organisation to decide whether or not a volunteer position requires vetting. This should be assessed while the organisation is in the process of developing the job description for each individual volunteer position. Whether the volunteer is being vetted or not it is important to conduct reference checks as these provide vital character reference information that is not available in a Garda Vetting check. (Fingal Volunteer Centre will supply you with in-depth information and training on the process). It is important to remember that Garda Vetting is but one stage of the screening of volunteers. If you require further information regarding screening of volunteers and appropriate methods of recruitment and selection, please contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Garda Vetting and Volunteer Centres
Volunteer Centres Ireland and its member volunteer centres, as part of our commitment to supporting and promoting volunteering have introduced a Garda Vetting service for voluntary and community groups within their local areas. All Volunteer Centres now act as an Authorised Signatory for Garda Vetting purposes for voluntary and community organisations that do not otherwise have access to an authorised signatory. VCI and member Volunteer Centres have developed a number of documents to ensure best practice in and assist organisations with Garda Vetting and an agreement on the service with the Garda Vetting Unit and Data Protection.
What is an Authorised Signatory?
An Authorised Signatory is a person who has completed the training supplied by the Garda Central Vetting Unit and is authorised to act as the liaison between the organisation requesting vetting and the Garda Central Unit.
Will An Garda Síochána vet volunteers?
The Garda Central Vetting Unit already provides a volunteer vetting service for most large community and voluntary organisations throughout the country via an ‘authorised signatory’ within that organisation. This means that a member of staff within that organisation has been trained to be the link between the Garda Vetting Unit and the organisation. However, they do not currently have the resources to provide this service to smaller organisations. In response to this, the members of Volunteer Centres Ireland have worked with the Garda Vetting Unit to train a designated staff member in each volunteer centre in each county to act as an Authorised Signatory between local voluntary and community organisations and the Garda Vetting unit.
What does this mean for your organisation?
If your organisation does not have access to an Authorised Signatory and you require Garda Vetting, your local volunteer centre can process the vetting paperwork for your volunteers. This paperwork is then forwarded to the Garda Central Vetting Unit.
How does it work?
For details on the process in your area, please contact your local volunteer centre. In general, to avail of this service:
• Your organisation will be required to register with your local volunteer centre.
• Your organisation will be required to meet with/attend training about the Garda Vetting process with your local volunteer centre.
• Your organisation will be expected to have certain policies and procedures in place before commencing Garda Vetting, for example, confidentiality policy, data protection policy, Garda Vetting policy. Copies of generic polices can be obtained from your local volunteer centre.
• Your organisation will be required to sign an agreement with your local volunteer centre giving them the authority to act on your behalf as an Authorised Signatory for Garda Vetting purposes.
Garda Vetting – a quick guide to the process
1. The Volunteer Centre will act as the Authorised Signatory on behalf of your organisation.
2. Prior to commencing, your Volunteer Centre will give you copies of relevant information documents and forms and will meet with you to discuss your needs
3. Once your organisation has signed and returned the required forms, the Volunteer Centre will begin the process of Garda Vetting for you.
4. Your organisation will be required to:
• Give volunteers/potential volunteers a copy of the Garda Vetting form and explain how important it is to fill it in correctly.
• Ensure the volunteer returns all individual Garda Vetting forms to you.
• Check each form to ensure that it has been completed properly
• Post the form/s and a completed checklist to the Manager, The Volunteer Centre, (provide full address).
5. The Volunteer centre will then submit all forms to the Garda Vetting office. Once the forms have been processed by the Garda Vetting Unit and returned to the Volunteer Centre, the Volunteer Centre will notify your organisation of same in writing or by email.
6. Copies of any disclosures will be forwarded to you by post. These forms must be returned to the Volunteer Centre within 3 weeks of being forwarded to you. Failure to return these disclosures may result in a discontinuation of the service.

Garda Vetting Service at Fingal Volunteer CentreInformation on Garda Vetting Service provided by Louth Volunteer Centre
The aim of this document is to distribute information regarding Garda vetting of volunteers and minimise confusion surrounding the service provided by An Garda Síochána.

What is Garda Vetting?
Garda Vetting is the process by which a Garda Vetting Application Form is submitted to An Garda Síochána Vetting Office asking them to check if a person has any convictions and/or prosecutions, successful or not, pending or completed, recorded against their name.

Do volunteers need to be vetted?
At present, there is no legal requirement to vet volunteers, although this will be introduced at some point in the future. Many organisations choose to make it a policy to vet volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults and / or are responsible for finances. However, most organisations recognise that not all volunteers may need to be vetted. For example, volunteers working in administration, doing practical work, providing professional services or a range of other volunteer opportunities may not need to be vetted as they are not interacting with the clients or directly involved in finance and will never have an opportunity to do so. 

It is up to the organisation to decide whether or not a volunteer position requires vetting. This should be assessed while the organisation is in the process of developing the job description for each individual volunteer position. Whether the volunteer is being vetted or not it is important to conduct reference checks as these provide vital character reference information that is not available in a Garda Vetting check. (Louth Volunteer Centre will supply you with in-depth information and training on the process). It is important to remember that Garda Vetting is but one stage of the screening of volunteers. If you require further information regarding screening of volunteers and appropriate methods of recruitment and selection, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Garda Vetting and Louth Volunteer Centre
Louth Volunteer Centre, as part of our commitment to supporting and promoting volunteering have introduced a Garda Vetting service for voluntary and community groups.  All Volunteer Centres now act as an Authorised Signatory for Garda Vetting purposes for voluntary and community organisations that do not otherwise have access to an authorised signatory. Volunteer Centre Ireland and member Volunteer Centres have developed a number of documents to ensure best practice in and assist organisations with Garda Vetting and an agreement on the service with the Garda Vetting Unit and Data Protection.

What is an Authorised Signatory?
An Authorised Signatory is a person who has completed the training supplied by the Garda Central Vetting Unit and is authorised to act as the liaison between the organisation requesting vetting and the Garda Central Unit.



Will An Garda Síochána vet volunteers?
The Garda Central Vetting Unit already provides a volunteer vetting service for most large community and voluntary organisations throughout the country via an ‘authorised signatory’ within that organisation. This means that a member of staff within that organisation has been trained to be the link between the Garda Vetting Unit and the organisation. However, they do not currently have the resources to provide this service to smaller organisations. In response to this, the members of Volunteer Centres Ireland have worked with the Garda Vetting Unit to train a designated staff member in each volunteer centre in each county to act as an Authorised Signatory between local voluntary and community organisations and the Garda Vetting unit.

What does this mean for your organisation
?
If your organisation does not have access to an Authorised Signatory and you require Garda Vetting, Louth Volunteer Centre can process the vetting paperwork for your volunteers. This paperwork is then forwarded to the Garda Central Vetting Unit. 

How does it work?
For details on the process in your area, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In general, to avail of this service:

  • Your organisation will be required to register with us.
  • Your organisation will be required to meet with/attend training about the Garda Vetting process with us.
  • Your organisation will be expected to have certain policies and procedures in place before commencing Garda Vetting, for example, confidentiality policy, data protection policy, Garda Vetting policy. Copies of generic polices can be obtained from your local volunteer centre.
  • Your organisation will be required to sign an agreement with your local volunteer centre giving them the authority to act on your behalf as an Authorised Signatory for Garda Vetting purposes.

Garda Vetting – a quick guide to the process

  1. Louth Volunteer Centre will act as the Authorised Signatory on behalf of your organisation. 
  2. Prior to commencing, Louth Volunteer Centre will give you copies of relevant information documents and forms and will meet with you to discuss your needs
  3. Once your organisation has signed and returned the required forms, we will begin the process of Garda Vetting for you

Your organisation will be required to:

  • Give volunteers / potential volunteers a copy of the Garda Vetting form and explain how important it is to fill it in correctly
  • Ensure the volunteer returns all individual Garda Vetting forms to you.
  • Check each form to ensure that it has been completed properly.
  • Post the form/s and a completed checklist to the Manager,Louth Volunteer Centre, Fitzwilliam Business Centre, Laurence Street, Drogheda, County Louth.
  • We will then submit all forms to the Garda Vetting office. Once the forms have been processed by the Garda Vetting Unit and returned to the Volunteer Centre, we will notify your organisation of same in writing or by email.
  • Copies of any disclosures will be forwarded to you by post. These forms must be returned to the Volunteer Centre within 3 weeks of being forwarded to you. Failure to return these disclosures may result in a discontinuation of the service.

For more information on this service please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or telephone (041) 980 6900.

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    Louth Volunteer Centre, in partnership with Louth Minority Ethnic Consortium, hosted a multicultural fun afternoon at St Mary's GAA club in Ardee, Co Louth on Saturday 14th June.

     

    The event showcased some of the different cultures in Ardee, with food and entertainment from around the globe provided by people living locally and it was an unmissable event, with loads of fun and plenty to do for children of all ages!

     

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  • This National Volunteering Week, Louth Volunteer Centre hosted two volunteer Fairs, to give you the opportunity to meet as many local organisations and charities as you like.  By doing this, we hope to help you find the opportunity that suits you best.

    PJ Gallagher NVW1Comedian, biker and volunteer PJ Gallagher has encouraged people to find their passion and use it to volunteer, as National Volunteering week takes place this week.

    Describing volunteering as his new passion, he said his love of motorbikes led him to become a volunteer courier of emergency blood.

    “I got in to motorbikes after my dad died. I remember getting on the bike soon after he died and for the first time in weeks, my head was completely clear. Volunteer bikers use their time, skills and enthusiasm to help hospitals by transporting blood and urgent medical supplies.

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    Search for your ideal opportunity on I-VOL here.

  • community forumThe Theme of this year's Louth Community Forum conference was 'Our Community, Our Voice' with John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison as Guest Speaker.

    The Conference was a great opportunity for people involved in community to hear about and provide feedback on the rollout of new structures called 'Public Participation Networks (PPN)' from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. These structures are being developed in each local authority area (engaging within Municipal districts and at the County/City level) to enable the public to take an active formal role in relevant policy making and oversight committees of the Local Authority. You can find more info on PPN here 

    For the Conference this year,  a number of community groups that are registered with us were filmed to show others in our county the work that community groups do.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHVnWgU06wY Cloughran Bridge Residents

     

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  •  A photography exhibition, displaying the best entries from the ‘Lens a Hand’ competition was on display in the 

    10294276 794127110599931 5955056524762859710 nDrogheda Town Centre as a part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. The Exhibition was then displayed in the Marshes Shopping Centre during National Volunteering week (12th-18th May).  ‘Lens a Hand’ captures the spirit of volunteering in action in Louth and is organised by Louth Volunteer Centre, to celebrate and promote volunteering in Louth.

     Judges Jimmy Weldon , David McDonnell and Colin Bell, chose the winning photographs and there was a Facebook and  public vote as well, so we thank you for "Lensing a Hand" too! 

    Here are our competition winners:

    First Prize: Patrick McGuinness representing Pauline Connor for Drogheda Senior Citizens

    Second Place and Public Vote: Emma Jane Murray representing Maxine Williams from Malta Services

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    First place teens category: Dara Callahan from the Girl Guides

    First Place children’s category: Louise Kelly for Girl Guides

    Second Place children’s category: Alex Ward for Woodview Celtic

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