In line with the GAA Code of Behaviour (Underage) and the recruitment and selection of persons to work with children, all St Brendan's GAA coaches and mentors must:
1) be Garda vetted through the Foireann website
2) Attend a child safeguarding workshop and
3) Complete the Introduction to Gaelic Games coaching course (GAA Learning Platform Link).
Vetting and training courses must be in place before taking up a role working with children at the club. As defined in the Code of Behaviour (Underage) and the Children First Act (2015), a child is any person under the age of 18 years. This includes children under the age of 18 years who may play on minor or senior teams.
As of April 4th, 2022, the GAA have changed the Garda Vetting process meaning all Vetting applications must now be done through the GAA Foireann platform.
You will find further information and details as well as the latest process on the GAA website at https://www.gaa.ie/the-gaa/child-safeguarding-and-protection/vetting
To complete the Garda vetting process, please follow the following steps:
*It is recommended to use the Chrome browser on your laptop/desktop
How to apply for Vetting in the Gaelic Games Association
Step 1 Logging in to Foireann
Log into your account on Foireann or create an account on Foireann www.foireann.ie
Click on hyperlink for step by step guidance on how to apply for vetting on Foireann.
Step 2 Gaelic Games Vetting Invitation Form
Once logged into your account on Foireann please click on the Qualifications and Vetting tab and then click Apply to be Vetted. Please ensure your current details on your profile are correct – and most importantly, your date of birth. Please then select your Club and or Association you wish to be vetted for and the role you are being vetted for (e.g. Coaching / mentoring children under the age of 18yrs).
Upload a copy or screenshot of your Photo ID (passport or drivers’ licence) and a proof of your current address in the form of a Utility Bill (no more than 6 months old). You are also required to print and sign the Gaelic Game Vetting ID Validation Form and upload this a part of your vetting application. The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found here. Note that Foireann will not accept .pdf files.
When you have uploaded the correct documents, and submitted your application, the Club Children’s Officer will then check your ID Documentation and your signed Gaelic Games Vetting ID Validation Form. If the documents are correct your application will be validated by the Club Children’s Officer and submitted to the GAA. If the documents are not correct the Club Children’s Officer will reject your application and you will be required to upload the correct documentation.
Step 3 Completing the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) EVetting Application form
Once you complete the Gaelic Games Invitation Form the information provided is forwarded to the NVB by the GAA and you will receive an on-line NVB Vetting Form to complete. The NVB will issue you with the NVB Vetting Application form. This will be issued to the email address you provided in your Gaelic Games Invitation Form. Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB. All sections of the form including current and previous addresses, email address and contact telephone numbers, information on convictions and prosecutions (if any), plus other information will be required when completing the form. Once all sections of the form have been answered this then completes your application process for EVetting in the GAA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the GAA to informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.
Common issues with vetting applications:
Below is a list of some of the common issues members face when submitting vetting applications:
Not uploading all three of the required documents (photo ID, proof of address, and completed signed vetting ID verification form) – the application will be rejected
Not adding a date of birth to your Foireann profile – this will block the vetting page from being shown in Foireann
Not updating date of birth on Foireann profile – if the Foireann DOB does not match the DOB on photo IDs, the application is rejected
Not completing the NVB EVetting Form – Once the email from the NVB has been received, there is a time limit of 30 days to complete this after which the application will be cancelled and must be restarted
Not including a proof of address – the requirements are outlined in the links above, but please not that a drivers lisence is not accepted as proof of address. The application will be rejected if not valid proof of address wihtin the last 6 months is provided.
If you have any questions please contact Vinny by email
Note: It’s important to ensure the accuracy and completeness of your application to avoid delays or complications in the vetting process.