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The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 - 2016 commenced on 29th April 2016 and from that date a statutory obligation was placed upon the GAA to ensure that all persons who on our behalf undertook 'relevant work' with children has been vetted prior to taking up that role in Ireland.
The term 'relevant work' in the GAA includes 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.
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.
The process involves three basic steps.
1. Completing the GAA E- Vetting ID form.
2. Completing the GAA E-Vetting Application Form
3. Completing the NVB Application form.
The new vetting system for the GAA will commence on the 31st of March 2022. The system will now be part of Foireann and it is through this system that a coach/mentor will in future apply to be vetted. The new system will permit Children's Officer access to confirm when a person is vetted.
The old system ceased operation on 16th March 2022.