Since 29th April 2016 it is the law that all persons who undertake ‘relevant work’ with children are vetted prior to taking up that role in Ireland.
For Na Fianna, the term ‘relevant work’ means any role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.
Vetting of mentors (previous known as Garda Vetting) has been mandatory in Na Fianna now for a number of years, and we make every effort to ensure compliance with the law.
When the Vetting Act came into being on 29 April 2016 the GAA became one of the first organisations to replace ‘paper vetting’ with a new on line or E –Vetting system. It is very easy, and turnaround is very fast (as quick as 2 working days), and can be followed using this Step by Step Guide.
The GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football and the Camogie Association recognise each other’s vetting procedure. This 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. For ease of administration Na Fianna utilise the GAA Vetting service only.
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Who needs to be vetted?
In the GAA any person who carries out a role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age must be vetted. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games. Thereafter, each club shall decide if other roles merit a person being vetted.
Any person who was working with children in the GAA prior to the commencement of the Act and was not previously vetted for that role may continue in that capacity but must apply as a matter of priority to be vetted by the GAA under what is termed ‘retrospective vetting’. This term and these conditions are allowed for in the Act.
What if the applicant is under 18 yrs. of age?
GAA vetting services are available to any person over 16 yrs. of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children or vulnerable adults. A parental consent form (NVB Parent/Guardian Consent Form) must be completed, this is available here, for applicants between 16 and 18 yrs. of age
Is it an offence if you are not vetted?
It is now a criminal offence, for a person acting on behalf of the GAA, or for the GAA as an Association to permit any person to commence working with children on behalf of the Association without that person first obtaining a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of the role for which they have been recruited. It is also a breach of GAA rule if you are working with children or vulnerable adults on behalf of the Association and have not been vetted.
Let’s all get vetted. It protects our juveniles, it protects our club, and it protects you! It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s the law!