Please note: the current processing time for applications at the Garda Central Vetting Unit is 3-4 weeks. For up to date information on garda vetting legislation, click here.

Since 2007, Create has facilitated literally hundreds of employers in the arts and cultural sector by providing access to garda vetting for activities that involve contact with children and vulnerable adults. These include venues, resource organisations, local authority arts offices, commissioning bodies, producers, local community groups, education and tuition providers, as well as individual artists and freelance professionals.

Under a Code of Practice for the service, issued by the Garda Central Vetting Unit and signed by Create, applications are processed via the specially trained Authorised Signatories at Create who manage correspondence and certify the results. Create encourages employers to develop appropriate policies and procedures and maintains a strong relationship with the Garda Central Vetting Unit to keep up to date on important issues.

Employers should refer to the outline of Create’s vetting service, which explains how it works and includes a Code of Practice for the operation of vetting (click here)

To access Garda vetting through Create, you must be a paid-up member.

To join, click here.

New legislation + procedures

The Department of Justice and Equality has advised that The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012 will be commenced on 29 April 2016, subject to the Minister signing it into law. The Act provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain work or activities relating to children or vulnerable persons or to provide certain services to children or vulnerable persons. From that date onward the Garda Central Vetting Unit will be known as the National Vetting Bureau.

To implement the requirements of the Act, and facilitate the transition to a new E-Vetting system, a number of provisions are being put in place. Create will not accept applications under the old system after Monday 11 April 2016. From 29 April 2016 we will only accept applications made through the new system, which will require the use of a new application form.

If you already use our service, we will contact you about the changes. If you want to know more about our Garda vetting service, download and read the outline below.


Create’s Vetting Service Outline

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