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Vetting delays "detrimental" to schools 07.02.17

DELAYS in Garda vetting for Special Needs Assistants (SNA) will have a "detrimental impact" on schools this year, Inishowen TD Charlie McConalogue has warned.
He called for current vetting procedures to be "overhauled" to prevent duplication and a centralised database to prevent the need for SNAs to go through the entire vetting procedure whenever they move schools.
“A new member of staff cannot take up their position until they have been vetted so there are many schools which have been left without an SNA due to the backlog of applications," said Deputy McConalogue.
"This is resulting in particular difficulties where schools are seeking substitute SNAs to cover for staff members on leave."
The Carndonagh-based deputy added: "The main problem is that there is no centralised record of SNAs that have been Garda vetted. This means that an SNA has to go through the entire vetting process every time they move school, despite the fact that they have already received the green-light from An Garda Síochána.
“A database already exists for teachers that have been vetted, so there is no excuse for not having a similar database for SNAs. It makes no sense to put SNAs through the same vetting process on multiple occasions. The system needs to be streamlined and this must be a priority for the Government,” he added.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue.
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