Garda Vetting Step by Step Guide

CLG Chluain Tarbh/Clontarf GAA is committed to the protection of welfare of all our members.  As part of this commitment, the Club requires all mentors and other members to comply with the legal requirement to have Garda Vetting before carrying out any activities involving children.

Obtaining Vetting is a legal requirement pursuant to the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 – 2016.  The Club has a statutory obligation to ensure that all persons who undertake ‘relevant work’ with children are vetted.

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 years of age.  It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.

Garda Vetting must be obtained before taking up any of the above roles.  It is a criminal offence for a person acting on behalf of the GAA, or for a GAA Club to permit any person to commence working with children, without obtaining appropriate Garda vetting in respect of the role for which they have been recruited.

With this in mind, the Club requires all members to review their Garda Vetting and to ensure that vetting is in place for all members by 31st December 2018.

All three of the following steps are required to obtain Garda Vetting:-

Step 1 – Initial application for vetting to the Club

  • You must download and complete a GAA E-Vetting ID Form.  This form compels you to provide proof of your identity to the Club Children’s Officer, who must verify that they have received the ID verification as required.
  • On completion of the above form you must gather at least two acceptable forms of identification.   A copy of your passport/drivers licence and a utility bill (not less than 6 months old) will be sufficient.

The primary purpose of this form is for you to provide your name, address, club, role for which you applied, and to present your ID (e.g. copy of your passport plus a utility bill showing your current address) plus a valid email address for future reference.

The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found on the Identification form.  You will see that each item has a score marked beside it, you must provide Identification up to a minimum score of 100. 

  • The GAA E-Vetting ID Form (and accompanying proof of ID) must be delivered to the Club in person.  Please note that once your application has been vetted, the ID documentation will be destroyed or passed back to you.

Step 2 – GAA Vetting Application Form

  • Having completed step 1, you must now submit an online application for Garda Vetting.
  • This online application is made here.
  • The GAA will then forward your details to the National Vetting Bureau.

Step 3 – Online application to the National Vetting Bureau.

  • The NVB will issue you an email with a link to a vetting application form. This will be issued to the email address you provided in Step 2.  Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB.  All sections of the form including current and previous addresses, email address and contact telephone numbers, information on convictions and prosecutions (if any), plus other information will be required when completing the form. Please note this link is only valid for 30 days.
  • Once all sections of the form have been answered this then completes your application process for E Vetting in the GAA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the GAA informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.
  • You and the Club Secretary will be notified when the vetting process has been completed.

Completion of a Child Protection Course

  • Over the coming weeks the Children's Officer will be arranging Child Protection Courses in the club. Please signup for one of these courses at your earliest convenience as it is mandatory for mentors to complete a course.

Further questions

If you have any questions about Garda Vetting please contact Una Lenihan at 0862461115 or email

Useful Links:- Vetting in the GAA

FAQ from Garda

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Clontarf, Dublin 3.

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