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Garda Vetting

Under the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016 all people undertaking relevant work with children or vulnerable adults need to be vetted by the Garda National Vetting Bureau.

We can process Garda Vetting applications for relevant services.

There is no fee for this service.

Early Years Services

Every early years service must obtain their own unique Garda National Vetting Bureau (GNVB) Affiliate Registration Number. This number is part of the process to confirm good governance and compliance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016 to ensure that only persons conducting relevant work or activities with children or vulnerable adults are legally vetted under the Act.

Any service wishing to apply for Garda vetting for their staff must contact the Garda National Vetting Bureau in the first instance to establish if they are undertaking relevant work and once that is confirmed they will receive this unique number.

How to apply

1. Email the GNVB at [email protected] requesting a GNVB Affiliate Registration Number and giving the following information:

  • Name and Service Address
  • Contact Person within the organisation
  • Nature of business, e.g. early learning and care

2. The GNVB will send you an application form to complete and post back to them. Once you have sent them the completed form, they will issue you with your GNVB Affiliate Registration Number by letter.

3. When you receive your reference number contact Barnardos and we will let you know the next steps to apply for vetting.


What is the vetting process?

  1. Group/ service contacts the GNVB to apply for a reference number.
  2. Once reference number is received from GNVB — Group / service contacts us – and we will send Information Pack and application form.
  3. All Barnardos documentation, application forms and proof of GNVB reference to be posted to the Barnardos’ Vetting Service.
  4. Applicant receives a link via email to complete their application online.
  5. We review the completed application and submit to the GNVB for processing.
  6. GNVB completes vetting checks and issue result on e-vetting system to the Barnardos’ Vetting Service.
  7. We print and post the result to the service who submitted the request.

How long does vetting take? 

Currently the processing time is around 2-3 weeks. 

Reasons for delays 
  • Missing paperwork missing or forms that are filled in incorrectly
  • Applicant does not complete online application and it expires as the email address given is wrong
How to avoid delay
  • Read the information pack provided carefully
  • Use the checklist in the pack each time you forward a request for vetting
  • Ensure email address is legible and correct

The applicant can track the progress of their application at every stage of the process.

Therefore, once the process is started, organisations are advised to keep in touch with the applicant to ensure that they have received an email from the NVB and they complete the online application without delay.  

Advice to applicants

  1. The National Vetting Bureau and Barnardos do not deal directly with applicants for vetting.
  2. Applicants with queries about the process should contact the service that has requested them to complete the Garda Vetting process.
  3. Make sure your email address is legible and correct. If you have included numbers make sure they are clearly distinguishable from letters, e.g. the number zero (0) can easily be read as the letter O.
  4. When completing the invitation form you must put a tick in the box beside your signature and you must include the date you signed the form. (Common mistakes include entering your year of birth beside your signature rather than the current year.).
  5. When logging into the e-vetting system make sure you do not put a space at the end of your email address as this will give an “invalid email address” message.

If you have any queries when completing the online form, there is a user guide provided by the National Vetting Bureau on their website. 

Contact Barnardos’ Vetting Service

Blackmore House, Meade Street, Cork

(021) 4547060 (9.30-1.00 pm & 2.00-4.30 pm) [email protected]

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