Dáil Éireann - Volume 614 - 15 February, 2006
Written Answers. - Garda Vetting Services.
Ms Shortall Ms Shortall
116. Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Science the categories of school staff that are subject to vetting; the timescale for providing for vetting of all categories of school staff; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5748/06]
Mr. J. O’Keeffe Mr. J. O’Keeffe
154. Mr. J. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Science if all staff at primary and secondary schools, in addition to teaching staff, will be vetted by the central vetting unit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5558/06]
Ms O. Mitchell Ms O. Mitchell
162. Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Science if part-time teachers and other part-time school staff will be vetted by the central vetting unit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5561/06]
Mr. Coveney Mr. Coveney
163. Mr. Coveney asked the Minister for Education and Science when all teachers will be vetted by the central vetting unit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5557/06]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 116, 154, 162 and 163 together.
Ensuring the protection, health and welfare of children is a key concern for the Government, for parents, for agencies that work with children and for society generally and the Government is determined to do all it can to keep our children and vulnerable adults safe.
In the education sector, vetting is available in respect of prospective employees of children in detention schools as well as special needs assist ants, SNAs, and bus escorts to children with special needs. My colleague, Deputy Brian Lenihan, Minister of State with responsibility for children, announced a doubling of the number of staff employed in the vetting unit — which has been relocated to Thurles under the Government’s decentralisation programme — to ensure that it can handle a greater volume of requests from employers. The provision of additional staff resources will enable the Garda Síochána’s vetting services to be extended to all persons working with children and vulnerable adults. This will include teachers, caretakers, bus drivers and others working with children, whether on a full-time or part-time basis.
Dáil Éireann 614 Written Answers. Garda Vetting Services.