The Gaelic Athletic Association (Cumann Lúthchleas Gael) is pleased to confirm the implementation of Garda Vetting in the Association as we promote best practice in the recruitment and selection of persons to work with children in the GAA.
Please note that this system is only available to GAA members and/or other persons acting on behalf of the Association.
National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012
The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 is the new vetting legislation for the Republic of Ireland as 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 in Ireland.
The National Vetting Bureau Act will shortly commence, and in advance of the starting date the Garda Central Vetting Unit has issued a New Garda Vetting Application Form that replaced all old Garda vetting forms.
While the new GAA Vetting form may not differ greatly from the previous one it does cater for the introduction of what is termed an administrative filter when dealing with Garda vetting applications. The purpose of this filter is to allow a more balanced, relevant and proportionate approach to Garda Vetting, pending the commencement of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2014.
The GAA has also taken this opportunity to update our guidance on‘Procedures for Completing Vetting Forms’ and an amended Parent/Guardian Consent Form for any applicants under 18 yrs of age. All of these forms are available below for downloading as is a GAA Questions and Answers document on the new Vetting Act and its implications for the GAA.
Please note that the previous practice whereby the GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football and the Camogie Association recognise each others vetting procedures will continue. This in effect means that a person vetted by the GAA will not have to be re-vetted by Ladies Gaelic Football, by Camogie or by Handball or Rounders.