Gaelic Games Council of Britain 

Important – Vetting Information 

In order to comply with legislationour Code of Behaviour and to help protect the welfare of our underage, all persons working with children or young people in a voluntary or paid capacity, must be vetted prior to commencing their role. Those who are involved in the management of individuals appointed to work with children or young people in your club must also be vetted. 

Vetting is carried out by Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS – England & Wales) or Disclosure Scotland and the GGCB work within their respective Code of Practice – copies available on request 

This process forms part of the safeguarding requirements when working with underage children/youth including under 18s.  This vetting process enables the Gaelic Games Council of Britain make more informed recruitment decisions in relation to the suitability of the applicant for the role.  The Gaelic Games Council of Britain process applications for vetting checks free of charge, for our Volunteers at a club’s request. 

We remind all clubs that they should not permit anyone to work with their children or young people in the Club until they have been suitably vetted and approved for their role. 

Starting Out

Applicants should first familiarise themselves with Disclosure and Barring Service (England and Wales) or Disclosure Scotland Privacy Notices and Code of Practice, which ever is relevant.   See links below:


Application Process

Applicant then fills out the appropriate vetting application – DBS (England and Wales) or PVG (Scotland) Applicant will then complete the Vetting Consent Form for the processing of confidential and personal information 

Appendix 1a – Adult Member Consent Form (applicable to England, Scotland and Wales)
Appendix 1a – Adult Members Consent to process vetting application

Appendix 1b – Parental/Guardian Consent Form (16-17 years) – As above
Appendix 1b – Parental Consent to process vetting application

Members of the DBS Update Service will be able to transfer their current certificate, providing it is an Enhanced Child Workforce certificate and member gives the National Children’s Officer sight of certificate and provides consent for the service to be checked for any updates.   See below: 

Appendix 2 – Member of DBS Update Service Consent Form (England and Wales)
Appendix 2 – DBS Update Service Consent

Counter-signatories meet with the applicant and verifies three forms of identification documents (photocopies are not accepted): 

Appendix 3 – Face to Face ID Checking Guidance during Covid-19
Appendix 3 – Face to Face ID Checking during COVID-19

ID documents should verify name, address and date of birth.   Any changes of name(s) should also be supported by evidence i.e. birth and marriage certificate to be supplied.  A comprehensive list of documents can be found in: 

Appendix 4a – DBS ID Documents (England and Wales) – UK Nationals (employed or volunteers) and Non-UK Nationals (volunteers)
Appendix 4a – DBS ID Documents – UK Nationals or Non-UK Volunteers

Appendix 4b – DBS ID documents (England and Wales) – Employed Non-UK Nationals Applicants
 Appendix 4b – DBS ID Documents – Employed Non UK Nationals Applicants

Appendix 5a – PVG (Scotland) – UK/EEA members or volunteers from non-EEA Countries
Appendix 5a – PVG ID Documents for UK and EEA member or Non-EEA Volunteers

Appendix 5b – PVG (Scotland) – Paid members from non-EEA Countries
Appendix 5b – PVG ID Documents for PAID or STUDY members from Non-EEA Countries

Counter-signatories confirm which identification documents have been seen.  Counter-signatories either complete an ID Evidence Verification form (England and Wales) or declare directly on to the Protecting Vulnerable Groups application form (Scotland).  All details are to be submitted to the National Children’s Officer. 

Appendix 6a – Evidence Checkers Form – UK Nationals (employed or volunteers) and Non-UK Nationals (volunteers) 
Appendix 6a – Evidence Checkers Form – UK Nationals or Non-UK (Volunteers)

Appendix 6b – Evidence Checkers Form – Employed N0n-UK Nationals Applicants
Appendix 6b Evidence Checkers Form Employed Non-UK Nationals Applicants

DBS/Disclosure Scotland process the vetting application and issue certificates directly to the applicant. 

The National Children’s Officer requests sight of the DBS certificate or is issued with a direct copy of the PVG certificate from Disclosure Scotland. 

Post Application

The Gaelic Games Council of Britain risk assess all vetting certificates.  Where there are areas of concern, we will contact the applicant directly and/or meet with them to discuss before any decision regarding their suitability for the position applied is made. 

Where required, the National Children’s Officer will meet with club officers to discuss any areas of concern.   

Applicants have the right to appeal any decision made by GGCB in relation to their suitability for the position applied.   

On completion of the successful review of certificates, an acceptance letter will be issued to the applicant and GGCB records updated or withdrawal of services will be put in place.