We are committed to upholding the highest standards of child protection in our work as Forest School leaders. For your information, all Forest School leaders, assistants, helpers and volunteers (including parents) must be Garda vetted. All Forest School leaders must have a child protection and Garda vetting policy in place as part of their risk assessment and governance procedures. The IFSA is presently drafting a policy on Garda vetting for the IFSA which you can access in our policies page. Information on drafting a child protection policy can be found at http://www.tusla.ie/services/child-protection-welfare/children-first. Online child protection training can be sourced at this link: http://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme.
We will shortly be able to offer Garda vetting to individual forest school leaders and trainees and volunteers. This service will be available only to individuals who cannot access Garda Vetting through other organisations, such as CREATE or Early Childhood Ireland or Volunteer Ireland or their school, for example). We will let you know when this is up and running. In the meantime, further information about Garda Vetting can be found through an Gardaí or Volunteer.ie.