It is the Connacht Branch and IRFU policy that anyone working with or having access to children under the age of 18 to be Garda Vetted

Clubs should undertake to get all of their members (who have access to children under the age of 18) Garda vetted as a matter of good practice. The reasons are as follows;

  • It is envisaged for Garda Vetting to become compulsory for all under age activities in the very near future
  • Garda Vetting is one of the methods clubs can use to ensure that all their members (both young and old) are protected.
  • Parents feel much more comfortable sending their children to a club who engages in best practice and Garda Vets all volunteers which will boost numbers in the long term
  • Vetting will act as a deterrent to new volunteers joining your club for sinister reasons
  • It is our moral and civic duty to ensure that all children in our care are adequately protected against abuse of any kind

The Garda Vetting process – what is involved for clubs?

The process is quite simple. There is initially quite a bit of work involved, however once completed Garda Vetting can be maintained easily enough. Below are 5 simple steps for clubs;

This is where the clubs involvement ceases. The vetting forms will then be forwarded to the Garda Central Vetting Unit in Thurles. Completed forms will be returned to the IRFU in Dublin. Clubs will be issued with a list of names of those members who have been Garda Vetted. If there is a serious issue with any person it will not be up to the club to deal with it. The IRFU will deal with the incident fully using the following people;

  • Relevant Branch CWO
  • National CWO
  • IRFU Legal representative on Child Welfare



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