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Garda vetting is provided in Ireland by the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) of An Garda Síochána. Under the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 a person, company, organisation or group providing relevant services to children or vulnerable persons must have vetting in place for any person they employ, contract or permit to undertake ‘relevant work and activities’. This is where ‘a necessary and regular part consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable persons’. It includes full-time, part-time, voluntary work and student placements. Vetting under the Act can only be conducted in respect of such persons and activities. 

Create is registered with the National Vetting Bureau to represent other persons, organisations and groups in accessing vetting for bona-fide reasons of employment or engagement in relevant work or activities in the arts and culture. Since 2007, we have provided access to vetting for a large number of organisations including arts centres, commissioners, production companies, arts events and festivals, film-makers, community cultural groups, creative activities, and individual artists and freelance arts practitioners.

To process vetting through Create, you must be affiliated to the vetting service. Create provides access to the national online e-Vetting system, which means speedy processing of applications, where individuals can track the progress of their application online.

To affiliate to the vetting service, complete this form.

To access Create’s FAQ on e-Vetting – click here.

To read the Garda Vetting Service Contract – click here.

Under the Children First Act 2015, a provider of relevant services to children is required to complete a Child Safeguarding Statement and must appoint a designated person as the first point of contact in respect of the Child Safeguarding Statement.

In accessing vetting, affiliates authorise An Garda to process sensitive personal data through Create. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy rights of affiliates and vetting applicants. All personal information in our care is treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with data protection law and regulation.

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

Additional information on vetting and protection issues that you can read and download are available here.

Information on Child Protection is available at 

Information on Data Protection is available at 


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