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The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 was signed into law on 29 April 2016. The Act provides for the mandatory vetting of persons 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 persons. Essentially, a person cannot work with children or vulnerable persons unless they have been vetted by the National Vetting Bureau. 

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, is registered with the National Vetting Bureau as a relevant organisation that can represent its affiliates for the purpose of vetting within the scope of the Act. Since 2007, we have provided access to vetting for hundreds of arts employers including venues, programmers, arts offices, commissioners, producers, festivals, community associations, and arts education providers - across all the artform areas and throughout the entire country. The service is also available to individual artists and freelance practitioners.

The vetting service operates under a Service Level Agreement with our affiliates that allows Create to process applications in accordance with data protection and vetting law and commits both parties to best management practice and a human rights approach. We encourage employers to put appropriate recruitment policies and procedures in place and to ensure that vetting is completed in good time before a person takes up employment. Under the Children First Act 2015, a provider of relevant services to children is required to assess the risks to service users and develop a Child Safeguarding Statement.

With the commencement of the Vetting Bureau Act, Create has moved to an online eVetting system, which ensure the speedy processing of applications. A key feature of eVetting is that the individual can track the progress of their application on-line and can see when it has been returned to the relevant organisation.

To access vetting through Create, you must be signed up and registered as a vetting affiliate. To join, click here.

Please note: due to demand, there may be a delay in processing applications to sign up for this service. Enquiries from exitsting affiliates should be made by email.

Information on the Vetting Act is available online at including a detailed FAQ and guidelines for employers and applicants. There is additional information on vetting and protection issues that you can read and download here: Information sources and resource materials.