Garda vetting seminar

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  • Garda vetting seminar

    1. 1. Garda Vetting Seminar Hosted by Volunteer Centres in Dublin
    2. 2. Welcome The Dublin network is made up of the 5 Volunteer Centres: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown – manager Karen Johnson Dublin City South – Manager Sacha Johnston Dublin City North – manager Marzia Baldassari South Dublin County – manager Tricia Nolan Fingal- manager Stuart Garland Part of a larger network of 22 volunteer centres in Ireland which are resourced by Volunteer Centres Ireland.
    3. 3. What does a volunteer centre do? Volunteer centres have 4 core activities according to our quality standards document: 1. A volunteer-centered placement and support service 2. Provide support for not-for-profit organisations. 3. Market and promote volunteering 4. Ensure good practice within volunteer centres.
    4. 4. Agenda for this Morning 10:15 Welcome (Karen) 10:25 VC Garda Vetting Service (Tricia) 10:45 Vetting as One Part of the Screening Process (Sacha) 11:00 Superintendent Pat Burke 11:30 Q&A (Stuart) 12:45 Closing (Marzia)
    5. 5. Garda Vetting Service offered by VCs Tricia Nolan Manager - South Dublin County Volunteer Centre
    6. 6. Garda Vetting Service offered by VCs Volunteer Centres across the country offer a Garda Vetting Service to not for profit organisations that do not have access to Garda Vetting themselves.
    7. 7. History of Service ✦ Delivering volunteer management training - vetting identified as major barrier to recruiting volunteers. ✦ Approached the Garda Vetting Unit to find out how we could address these barriers. ✦ It was suggested that VC’s were ideally placed to “fill the gap” for small community groups who did not have access to an authorised signatory. ✦ Service piloted in 2007 in South Dublin County and rolled out across the rest of the VC’s over the next 2 years. ✦ Now part of government policy on the role of a volunteer centre.
    8. 8. How does it work? • Volunteer Centres across the country offer a Garda Vetting Service to not for profit organisations that do not have access to Garda Vetting themselves. • Local organisations sign an agreement with VC that VC will carry out this service on their behalf. • CGVU also refer organisations to VC’s. • VC will assess what supports the organisation needs to implement the service.
    9. 9. How does it work? • Local organisations are furnished with individualised Garda Vetting Forms that they give to volunteers. • One designated point of contact for each organisation. • Forms are returned to local organisation who in turn send batches to VC. • Authorised signatory in VC checks forms and sends them to CGVU. • Results when they are known are then passed on to local group with VC holding the files on form for up to 6 months. • VC acts as data processor and data controller!
    10. 10. How much does it cost? • Service is free from most centres. • Some centres charge a small administrative charge to cover costs. • This usually depends on the size of the VC and the number of forms to be processed. • Hoping to come to a uniform agreement on cost • Cost should never be a barrier to vetting and individual centres will always try and facilitate those who cannot afford vetting.
    11. 11. Vetting: One Step in the Screening Process Sacha Johnston Manager - Dublin City South Volunteer Centre
    12. 12. Screening
    13. 13. Screening Screening is not... • A guarantee • The same for every volunteer role • The same thing as Vetting
    14. 14. Screening Screening is not... • A guarantee • The same for every volunteer role • The same thing as Vetting Screening is... • ensuring that the volunteer is appropriate for the role and the role is appropriate for the volunteer • an important part of the risk-assessment process • a continuous process
    15. 15. Screening Process • Role Description - Specific • Recruitment Process - Transparent • Application Form - Comprehensive • Interview - Consistent • Reference Checks - Relevant • Garda Vetting - Appropriate • Induction & Training - Thorough • Supervision - Ongoing • Exit Interviews - Meaningful
    16. 16. Factors to Consider • What type of activity does a volunteer do? Will they come in regular contact with a vulnerable client? • Is the activity supervised? • Are there any situations which might increase risk? • Is the volunteer in a position of power? Is a relationship of trust, dependency, authority or reliance created? • Will the volunteer be dealing with finances and/ or sensitive information?
    17. 17. Supt. Pat Burke Central Garda Vetting Unit.
    18. 18. Questions and Answers Stuart Garland Manager - Fingal VC
    19. 19. Wrap up & Thank You Marzia Baldassari Manager - Dublin City North VC

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