Wednesday 28 September 2016

'It will act as a reassurance for parents' - New online vetting system for people working with children

Ryan Nugent

Published 29/04/2016 | 12:40

The eVetting system goes live online today
The eVetting system goes live online today

A new online vetting system for people working with children will filter out anyone not suitable for the job, according to the GAA.

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The system set-up on the garda website entails an application process that requires any applicants to detail whether they have any previous criminal convictions.

The eVetting system goes live online today with gardai expecting 80pc of its affiliated organisations to be online by September.

National Children's Officer for the GAA, Gearoid O'Maoilmhichil, says the system will provide an opportunity for organisations such as the GAA to check for any previous criminal convictions.

He said many will not apply for jobs because they will know they are not suitable and will be filtered out.

"It will act as a reassurance for parents," Mr O'Maoilmhichil said.

Gardai say that the receive around 30,000 vetting applications each month, and are in partnership with more than 20,000 organisations.

The launch of the system comes as the National Vetting Bureau Acts 2012 was put in place.

Assistant garda commissioner, Jack Nolan said the system has been created in - house by an garda siochana after discussions with a number of large organisations representative of children.

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