Garda Vetting


The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016, which came into effect on 29 April 2016, make it mandatory for people working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Garda Síochána National Vetting Bureau.

You can read more information in these frequently asked questions about Garda vetting on the National Vetting Bureau website.


Garda Vetting is a crucial aspect of the recruitment and selection process for childcare providers to ensure that they are taking all reasonable steps to ensure that only suitable persons are recruited to work within their service. Garda vetting is also an essential requirement for all childcare providers, practitioners and H.S.E. notified childminders for all their staff, students and volunteers, under the Child Care (Pre-school Services) Regulations 2006. Every service must have evidence of their Garda Vetting on the premises, for example, an original certificate confirming the completion of the Garda Vetting process.

Two of the requirements within the regulations are:

  1. Any person carrying on a pre-school service is required to ensure appropriate vetting of all staff, students and volunteers who have access to a child
  2. Such vetting procedures shall be carried out prior to any person being appointed or assigned or being allowed access to a child in the pre-school service

This should be done:

  1. By reviewing past employer references in particular the most recent employer reference in respect of all staff
  2. By referring to references from reputable sources in respect of all students and volunteers
  3. By acquiring Garda vetting from An Garda Síochána when An Garda Síochána have set down procedures to make such vetting available
  4. In circumstances where Garda vetting is not available for staff, students and volunteers who have lived outside the jurisdiction, by ensuring that these persons provide the necessary police vetting from other public authorities.

It is good practice that all pre-school services have management, recruitment and training policies, including a policy regarding vetting and possible outcomes for both new and existing employees, students and volunteers.

It’s important to remember that Garda Vetting is only one step in protecting the safety and welfare of the children in your care. Having a written Child Protection Policy and Procedures and ensuring parents are aware of such procedures is another aspect, as is training in the Children First: Child Protection programme. Employers should also obtain and validate or check at least two written references prior to the final recruitment stage.

  1. Good practice would also suggest that services have existing staff vetted every three years.


Organisations that carry out the Garda Vetting process for childcare providers are:




Barnardos Vetting Service
The Bowling Green
White Street
Phone: 021 4547060




Early Childhood Ireland (for members of Early Childhood Ireland only)

Hainault House
Belgard Square
Dublin 24

Phone: 01 4057100


Website: Early Childhood Ireland


Garda vetting for Childminders

It is recommended that all childminders, childminder’s assistants and any person over the age of 18 years in the childminder’s home, apply for Garda Vetting.

Childminders can apply for Garda Vetting through Early Childhood Ireland if they are members, or Barnardos (contact details above). Childminders notified to the HSE are required to be vetted under the Child Care (Pre-school Services) Regulations 2006.

By availing of the vetting system, childminders can offer reassurance to parents that they are suitable to provide personal care and attention to their child in the unsupervised environment of the family home. 


Dublin City Childcare Committee
Ocean House
Arran Quay
Dublin 7


Tel. 01 8733696
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Mob.:  085 8715097
Fax:    01 873 4488

CRO No.: 358269



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