Garda Vetting (Republic Of Ireland)

Vetting is the pre-checking of an applicant’s background for criminal convictions or prosecutions. Vetting is just one part of Hockey Ireland’s recommended Recruitment and Selection Policy, the aim of which is to ensure that children and vulnerable people playing our sport do so in a safe and fun environment. Anyone having regular contact with U18s in hockey must be vetted every 5 years. If you have been vetted already in hockey within the last 5 years and are e.g. joining a new club/getting involved at provincial level, you must complete a Previously Vetted form.

There are two types of vetting checks available to hockey – Garda Vetting and Access NI. Hockey Ireland is registered with the National Vetting Bureau and has appointed a Liaison Person. Ulster Hockey is registered with Access NI and has an appointed a Lead Signatory. If an individual is filling a position in the Republic of Ireland, Garda Vetting is implemented. If an individual is filling a position in Northern Ireland, Access NI checking may be implemented.

Hockey Ireland has drawn up its Garda Vetting Policy (applicable for the Republic of Ireland) in line with the National Vetting Bureau Act. In order to support clubs, branches and any other organisations with implementing Garda Vetting, a number of documents have been drawn up. As you work your way through this documentation and you have any queries, check out our Garda Vetting Frequently Asked Questions 2018 for clubs which should provide you with assistance.

Please note, individual applications will not be accepted and will be returned to the individual. Hockey Ireland will only accept vetting applications via member organisations i.e. club/branch. There is an administrative charge of €10 per form submitted, with the exception of HI Previously Vetted Forms, which have no charge. Should re-processing of an application be necessary due to the failure of the applicant to complete the first invitation, an additional €10 will be charged to cover the extra work necessary.

WHEN CLUBS ARE SENDING IN THE FORMS PLEASE ONLY RETURN THE ID VALIDATION FORM AND LIST OF ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SEND COPIES OF THE APPLICANTS ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTATION AS THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN CHECKED IN THE CLUB/BRANCH.

If you are currently undertaking the vetting process and you have any questions or queries, you can contact Hockey Ireland’s Liaison Person at nationalchildrensofficer@hockey.ie.