Garda Vetting is essential for the safety and security of children and vulnerable people within our sport. The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 provide a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out relevant work with these people. The Act also creates offences and penalties for persons who fail to comply with its provisions. The Act stipulates that a relevant organisation shall not permit any person to undertake relevant work or activities on behalf of the organisation, unless the organisation receives a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of that person. 

Rowing Ireland have decided to make changes to the ROI Garda Vetting procedure to make it easier and more efficient for our members to complete the Garda Vetting process. As of today (10/06/2022) we will no longer be vetting applicants that are not registered in the membership system from affiliated clubs of Rowing Ireland. They can be registered as associate members on the Tracker system and must provide their membership number on the form in order for the vetting process to be approved. 

The second change for the Garda Vetting Process is that the Club Children’s Officer must check the identity of the applicant against an original valid form of identification as specified on the eVetting & ID Validation form. The Children’s Officer must tick the appropriate box for the form of ID that was used to verify the identity of the applicant. The 100 point rule for ID validation must be observed – for example, a driver’s licence (credit card type) carries 80 points and therefore must be accompanied by an additional form of ID totalling 100 points. 

Sports leaders under 18 may also be required to complete the vetting process. To apply for vetting there must be a completed parental consent. Vetting cannot be conducted for a person under the age of 16. Children under 18 may not have appropriate ID; therefore the 100 point rule is allocated differently. This can be seen in the download below. The Children’s Officer completes the ID validation form and signs it confirming that they have verified the identity of the applicant. 

Vetting with RI must be refreshed every three years by submitting a new eVetting application form to the Liaison Person.

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*Please Note – All vetting applications sent to any other address will no longer be processed* 

1) Rowing eVetting steps

Step 1

The vetting subject completes a Rowing Ireland (RI) eVetting Invitation & ID Validation form. 

Step 2 

They then present their original IDs with photocopies that meet the 100 point check, including date of birth and proof of address within the last 6 months to their Club Children’s Officer for validation. 

The individual looking to be vetted must have their Rowing Ireland registration number on the application form. 

The vetting subject then mail their eVetting Invitation form (hardcopy) along with photocopies of the ID used to the Liaison Person at Rowing Ireland, Irish Sport HQ, Sport Ireland Campus, Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown D15 DY62

Step 3

RI staff will start the process and then the vetting subject will get an email from the Garda Vetting unit inviting him/her to complete the online eVetting Application Form.

Step 4

The vetting subject completes an eVetting Application Form online and submits it.

Step 5

The RI Liaison Person will be asked to review the Vetting Application Form by the NVB and submits it to the National Vetting Bureau for processing.

Step 6

The National Vetting Bureau processes the application and forwards a vetting disclosure to the RI Liaison Person.

Step 7

RI then reviews the vetting disclosure and as soon as is practicable and  provides a response to the vetting subject.