By Dan Grennan
All DIT staff will be Garda Vetted because of new legislation as of the first of December this year.
Amendments made in May 2016 to the ‘National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable persons) Act of 2012’ have strengthened the protection of children (anyone aged under 18) which means anyone with access to children through their job must be Garda Vetted.
“The Vetting Act applies to recognised schools and centres of education that employ, contract, permit or place persons in relevant work or activities with children or vulnerable persons,” according to the Department of Education and Skills’ website.
A spokesperson for DIT said “To date, many current members of staff (approximately 20%) have been Garda vetted because of their specific roles in DIT. We have now taken the decision, as have other educational institutions, to extend this to all current and future members of staff without differentiation by role.”
“In addition to observing the legislative requirements, we see this as part of our shared social commitment to safeguarding the most vulnerable in our society by providing reassurance for both students and colleagues.” the spokesperson went on to say.
The Department of Education and skills have set the 31st of December as their deadline for “the retrospective vetting of existing teaching staff, non-teaching staff and others who have not previously been Garda vetted, and who undertake relevant work or activities with children or vulnerable adults.” in all schools.