National Child Safeguarding Programme: Early Learning and Care

A Garda vetting application authorises An Garda Síochána to furnish a statement to the applicant (i.e. the Childminder, who has applied for vetting as the owner of the Childminding Service) that there are no convictions recorded against her in the Republic of Ireland or elsewhere, or a statement of all convictions and/or prosecutions, successful or not, pending or completed, in the State or elsewhere as the case may be.

How do I apply for Garda vetting?

Garda vetting for Childminders is organised through Barnardos. You can contact Barnardos vetting service in the following ways:-

How much does it cost to be Garda vetted?

The service is free. However, if you have lived abroad for any period you will be required to submit information pertaining to the relevant jurisdiction with your application. Costs accrued regarding accessing that information will be borne by you.

Is Garda vetting compulsory for Childminders?

Under the 2006 Childcare Pre-School Services Regulations, it is compulsory for all HSE notified Childminders – those minding four or more non-related pre-school children – and their employees/assistants to be Garda vetted.

How long does the vetting process take?

Vetting takes approximately 8 weeks. This time will be extended in the event that insufficient or wrong information is included on the application.

As a Childminder, can I apply for Garda vetting for myself?

Yes. Simply complete the vetting form and sign it in the space marked Manager / owner. If you are not required to notify your childminding service to the HSE, you and other adults (18years and over), living in the family home can still apply for vetting.

What happens if I, or a member of my family, have a conviction?

A statement is returned to you from the Garda vetting unit with details any conviction/prosecutions. The Barnardos Vetting Service only refers a disclosure to the HSE where there is cause for concern in relation to the welfare of children.

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