Please note: the current processing time for vetting applications is 3-4 weeks.

Since 2007, Create has facilitated literally hundreds of arts and cultural employers by providing access to Garda vetting for arts activities that involve contact with children and vulnerable persons. These include arts venues, resource organisations, local authority arts offices, commissioning bodies, production companies, festivals and events, community associations, education providers, as well as individual artists and freelance professionals.

Create’s service operates within a natural justice framework and encourages a human rights approach. Our service users must agree a Service Level Agreement in order to access vetting through Create. Applications and correspondence are processed via specially trained Vetting Liaison Persons and the results are forwarded without delay. We have appropriate systems in place to protect the security, confidentiality and integrity of sensitive information in accordance with Data Protection guidelines. We encourage employers to develop appropriate policies and procedures and keep up to date on important legislative and other issues.
To access vetting through Create, you must be a signed up as an affiliate. To join, click here.

New vetting legislation + procedures

The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts, 2012 to 2016, were signed into law on 29 April 2016. The Act provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain work, activities or services, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable adults.

The main changes under the Act include:

  • Garda Central Vetting Unit – now known as The National Vetting Bureau, with new responsibilities and powers
  • Vetting process – new more detailed Application Form; applicants must prove ID; results are called ‘the disclosure’; some minor offences need not be disclosed; certain ‘Specified Information’ may be disclosed; retrospective vetting must be sought by 31 Dec 2017; new e-Vetting process being rolled out
  • Previously known as a ‘registered organisation’, Create has now become a Relevant Organisation and the ‘Authorised Signatory’ is now known as the Vetting Liaison
  • Offences – there are strict sanctions for failure to comply with the Act, for improper use of vetting, for falsifying information and for consent, connivance, and wilful neglect under the Act

Information on the Vetting Act is available online at, including a detailed FAQ with guidelines for employers and applicants.

There is more information on vetting and protection issues that you can read and download here: Information sources and resource materials.

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