Child Welfare – Garda Vetting

FAI/Garda vetting

All adults involved with children within our club must complete the FAI/Garda vetting process.

Forms available from here. (5mB)

The process can take up to 6 weeks to complete and once received the clearance is valid for 5 years.

Other vetting with different organisations and sporting bodies will not suffice.

It has been confirmed by the Department of Justice and Equality that commencement orders for the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 have been signed. The Act commenced on the 29th April 2016.

Garda vetting has been an FAI Rule for all those working with children and or vulnerable persons (in a paid or voluntary capacity) for a number of years now. Therefore, this legislation simply places existing FAI practices on a statutory footing. Please see FAI Rule 75 and the FAI Child Welfare Policy for more information. If you are not Garda vetted through the FAI, you should not undertake any work in a paid or voluntary capacity with children or vulnerable persons in football.

For new Garda vetting applications, you can only use the new Garda vetting form. To fully submit an application you need to send your Garda vetting form, Garda vetting ID validation form and copies of your identification to: Child Welfare, Football Association of Ireland, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15.

Garda vetting applications cannot be processed if information is incomplete on the forms or documentation is missing.

If a Garda vetting applicant is aged 16 or 17 the above documentation must be accompanied by a Parental/Guardian Consent form. Failure to do so will deem the application invalid and it will not be processed.

Parental Consent Forms available from here.


Garda Vetting Application Form Checklist
Have you ?
1. Provided a copy of Identification – E.g. Passport, Driving License.
2. Completed the Form in Block Capitals.
3. Included the CLUB/LEAGUE/DIVISIONAL ASSOCIATION you are involved with.
4. Included your role or roles for which you wish to be Garda vetted e.g. coach, referee, etc.
5. No photocopied Garda vetting forms can be accepted.
6. Over 16 and under 18 Year Olds are required to provide Parent/Guardian Consent Form.
7. Ensured that all details required are given stating N/A if details are not applicable.
8. Ensured that your writing is clear and legible (forms completed using lead pencils are not acceptable).
9. If using initials, please specify what they stand for.
10. Ensured that all addresses from year of birth are clearly stated with no gaps.
11. Ensured that all years from birth are clearly stated e.g. 1991-2007, 2007-2011.
12. Provided full disclosure and information on any convictions you might have.
13. Ensured that the Garda vetting form is signed and dated within 5 months of sending to the FAI.
PLEASE NOTE: Failure to disclose relevant information or criminal offences will be taken very seriously and can result in disqualification.

Completed Forms should be returned marked “Private & Confidential” to: Child Welfare, Football Association of Ireland, Abbotstown, Dublin 15

– On no account should the Form be sent directly to the Garda Central Vetting Unit or any Garda Station.
– The FAI can take no liability for lost documentation.