Policy on Garda Vetting for Students of Cork Institute of Technology
Some programmes at Cork Institute of Technology require students to undertake mandatory placements that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust. To ensure the protection of special populations and instil public trust and confidence in CIT, the Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes.
CIT uses the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on such programmes. It is important to note that participation in or completion of these programmes may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.
Procedure for Garda Vetting
In the Republic of Ireland responsibility for the vetting of all personnel working in a full-time, part-time or in a voluntary capacity with children or vulnerable adults, lies with the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) which is located in Thurles. CIT has engaged with the GCVU to develop liaison mechanisms which will aid the Garda Vetting process. As a result the following provision was agreed with the GCVU and is now being implemented:
CIT has appointed the Human Resources Manager to act as the ‘Authorised Signatory’ on behalf of the Institute. The ‘Authorised Signatory’ will make the formal request for Garda vetting, manage the applications for Garda vetting and also the information received from the GCVU.
The Authorised Signatory may be assisted in his duties by the Institutes Vetting Committee comprising of the relevant Head of Faculty/College (chair person), the relevant Head of Department and the Authorised Signatory.
In appropriate cases, CIT may require an applicant to undergo risk assessment.
CIT requires students on the following designated programmes (the list is subject to review) to be vetted by the GCVU.
- CR 031 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care
- CR 620 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education
- CR 035 Bachelor of Arts in Community Development
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community Development
- Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Master of Arts in Art Therapy
- Professional Master of Education (Art and Design)
- CR 032 Bachelor of Business Recreation & Leisure Management
- CR 121 Bachelor of Music (Honours) - Modules: Instrumental Pedagogy, Music Therapy and Community Music
Offers of places on these designated programmes will be provisional and contingent on the applicant’s satisfactory completion of CIT’s Garda Vetting Procedure.
Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the Institute reserves the following rights:
- to not register a student
- to remove an existing registered student
- to delay the student’s practice placement modules on course
In all circumstances, it is the applicant/student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/ cases pending. The Institute reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending.