national development agency for collaborative arts
in social and community contexts

"Create is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of all children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom we interact and to the development and implementation of policies and practices that protect them from harm."

(download our Protection Policy here).

Please note: the current waiting time for processing of garda vetting applications is about 8 weeks.

Update: New Act and Garda Vetting requirement for artists

The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012

Currently, Garda vetting is made available, on a voluntary basis, for work that may involve contact with children and vulnerable adults. The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Act, signed into law in December 2012, will introduce compulsory vetting for the first time and establish procedures for vetting and sanctions for failing to comply. When the Act is implemented, it will have significant implications for artists and arts organisations that work with children and/or vulnerable adults.

In 2007, Create was invited to register with the Garda Central Vetting Unit. Since 2008, we have provided access to vetting for artists and employers involved in arts and cultural activities. We manage vetting for those activities that involve access or contact with children and/or vulnerable persons on a full-time, part-time, voluntary and/or student placement basis.

Create has managed over 2,000 vetting applications for employers that include arts resource organisations, venues, arts development offices, commissioning bodies, programmers, education institutions, creative producers, community groups, and private schools/academies. The service has broadened to accommodate individual artists and freelance arts professionals.

Create processes the vetting application forms, manages correspondence with the Garda Central Vetting Unit and certifies the results for employers. We offer on-going support to develop policies and practices and maintain a strong relationship with the Vetting Unit to keep up to date on important issues.

If you are interested in using Create’s vetting service, please refer to the documents below, which explain how it operates. To access Garda vetting through Create, you must become a member. To join, click here.

Garda Vetting FAQ (NEW)

Individual artists and freelance practitioners are advised to check the FAQ page before enquiring about Create’s service


For general enquiries about vetting, please email info [at]

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Arts and Civil Society Symposium

Kevin Murphy

Voluntary Arts Ireland Chief Officer Kevin Murphy introducing the Create and Voluntary Arts Ireland Arts and Civil Society Symposium, 20 and 21 October 2011, Christchurch, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.

Pat Cooke

Defining Participation and Practice - Policy Perspectives. Martin Drury, Pat Cooke, Marian Fitzgibbon, Pauline Conroy. Chair: Fiona Kearney.

Participation and Practice

Defining Participation and Practice – Policy Perspectives panel. Seated left to right: Martin Drury, Pat Cooke, Fiona Kearney (Chair), Marian Fitzgibbon, Pauline Conroy.

Sarah Tuck, Dr Anthony Downey

Create Director Sarah Tuck introducing the keynote address by Dr Anthony Downey.

Engaging Communities debate

Engaging Communities – The Permeable Institution. One of three concurrent LAB Debates. Left to right: Lisa Moran, Topher Campbell, Declan McGonagle (Chair), Tom Creed, William Ring.

LAB Reports panel

LAB Reports panel. Left to right: Liz Burns, Robin Simpson,  Tony Fegan (Chair), Declan McGonagle.

Cultural and Civic Space

Rethinking Cultural and Civic Space. Pictured (left to right): Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Annette Moloney, Bernadette Quinn (Chair).

Annette Moloney

Rethinking Cultural and Civic Space. Pictured (left to right): Annette Moloney (presenting), Bernadette Quinn (Chair), Frank McDonald, Faisal Abdu’ Allah.

Arts, Civil Society and Crisis

Arts, Civil Society and Crisis panel. Pictured (left to right): Augustine Zenakos, Carlota Álvarez Basso, Daniel Jewesbury (chair), Gabriel Gbadamosi, Silvana Carotenuto.

Nuno Sacramento

Arts, Civil Society and Crisis. Pictured: Daniel Jewesbury (chair), Nuno Sacramento. Arts and Civil Society Symposium, Cork, October 20-21, 2011. All photos: Susan Walsh.

Create volunteers

Christian Buchner, Katia Rush-Hall (Symposium Coordinator), Aoife O'Leary, Pamela Murray. All photos: Susan Walsh.