Garda Vetting

Our Policy Statement

As part of our service in supporting and promoting volunteering, Cork Volunteer Centre (CVC) will act as an authorised signatory for Garda vetting for organisations within Cork County who do not have access to an authorised signatory within their own organisation.

 

Charges

Cork Volunteer Centre currently charges a fee of €5 per volunteer Garda Vetting application form processed.  This is a fee levied by the Centre to cover postage and administration costs. Cheques/Postal Orders should be made payable to ‘Cork Volunteer Centre’. Receipts are issued for all payments recieved.

 

DSP Garda Vetting is charged at a standard national rate of €7.50 per form. This fee has been centrally negotiated and agreed with DSP.

 

Turnaround Times

The current turnaround time for applications from date of submission to the Garda Vetting Unit is around 3/4 weeks in most cases. Delays can be incurred for a variety of reasons, and a delay is not indicative of there being an issue with an individual’s criminal record.

 

Volunteer Centre and Organisational Agreement

Cork Volunteer Centre will provide a service to voluntary organisations to acquire Garda Vetting for their volunteers. This service will only be provided to voluntary organisations and is not available to individuals to acquire their own vetting.

Cork Volunteer Centre will only provide this service to organisations who do not have access to an authorised signatory through their own organisation. There must be one named person within the voluntary organisation to whom we can pass on relevant information regarding potential volunteers. This person must be available to meet with potential volunteers along with us should any issues arise with the volunteers vetting form.

Although Cork Volunteer Centre will hold onto the file with volunteers vetting details in a confidential manner, it will always remain the responsibility of the local organisation to decide whether a volunteer is suitable to volunteer with their organisation.

Organisations must have a confidentiality policy in place internally to ensure that all information gathered in the vetting process is used in a correct and appropriate manner. Cork Volunteer Centre will reserve the right to discontinue this service for any organisation where we feel the organisation has not abided by agreed good practice procedures including data protection legislation.