Child Protection and Garda Vetting

As part of national Child Protection policy, the National Vetting Bureau must vet those people intending to work or are working with children or vulnerable adults.

What is Garda Vetting?

By law, only Tusla registered childminders must have Garda vetting; this extends to their assistants/stand–ins and adults over 18 living in the home. Since January 2015, Garda Vetting has been adopted as a requirement for membership of Childminding Ireland as best practice.

A vetting statement will show applicants if there are any convictions or prosecutions pending or completed recorded against them in the Republic of Ireland or elsewhere.

Barnardos' Vetting Service processes childminder applications for Garda vetting for free, unless research is needed in other countries where you have lived for more than 6 months.

To apply, you must contact them directly, click here to be redirected.

In 6-8 weeks, Barnardos will return a statement to you from the National Vetting Bureau with details of any conviction/prosecutions. Barnardos will only refer a disclosure to Tusla, where there is a concern about the welfare of children.