IRELAND ONLY; CoderDojo Ireland & Garda Vetting Legislation Commencement

  • CoderDojo Foundation

    Hi CoderDojo Ireland Community Members,

    Just a few super important updates on CoderDojo Ireland and Garda Vetting; Please read!

    CoderDojo Ireland Board Selected

    After a competitive selection process, we are delighted to introduce the very first board of CoderDojo Ireland. The board met yesterday afternoon for an in depth discussion on a number of topics including CoderDojo Ireland’s strategy and purpose, governance and the best course of action to take in relation to the upcoming changes with the Charity Regulator.

    The five selected board members are:
    Sandra Maguire: Dun Laoghaire (Dublin), DojoCon 2016 Host
    Eugene McDonough: Limerick Dojo, DojoCon Founder and 2012 Host
    Karl Reinhardt: Galway Dojo, CoderDojo Child Protection Trainer
    Declan Buckley: Milltown (Kildare)
    David Hodge: CIT (Cork) Dojo

    Over the coming weeks board members will be gathering feedback from all verified Irish Dojos on what course of action they should take to be compliant with the Charities Act 2009. You can read the previous email we sent out about the Charities Act here.

    Keep an eye on your Dojo email inbox in and around the 15th of April for an email notification from the CoderDojo Ireland board outlining the options available.

    In the meantime Irish Dojos currently have no actions to take in relation to registering with the Charity Regulator.

    Garda Vetting Legislation Commencing 29th April

    We are writing to notify you of the forthcoming commencement of The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 – 2016 and The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions & Certain Disclosures) Act 2016.

    We have been informed by the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) that the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 will be commenced on 29th April 2016. The purpose of these Acts is to provide a legislative basis for the vetting of persons who seek positions of employment relating to children or vulnerable persons. Previously, persons applying for such positions were vetted on a non statutory basis. These Acts make vetting mandatory in certain situations.

    What this means

    All regular volunteers of CoderDojo must be vetted!

    If your Dojo does not currently vet volunteers you can either seek vetting from a local organisation or vet centrally through the CoderDojo Foundation. You can read about how to sign up to Garda Vetting with the CoderDojo Foundation here.


    The GCVU has advised us that to facilitate the transition from the current system and to implement the requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 on their end, no Garda Vetting Applications will be accepted by them from Monday 18th April 2016 to 28th April 2016 inclusive.

    To facilitate this deadline we are not accepting any CoderDojo vetting forms as of today (1st- April -2016) from Dojos already signed up to vet with the CoderDojo Foundation. All Dojos signed up to Garda Vetting with the Foundation should have received an email about this. If you are the contact person signed up but did not receive this email please let me know so we can check our list for further updates.

    The current vetting form will not be valid under the new legislation after the 29th of April 2016. New Vetting Application and Parental Consent Forms have been created but are not legal or valid until the Vetting Acts commence on 29th April 2016. These forms cannot be signed by vetting applicants prior to 29th April 2016. I will issue these forms to all Dojos signed up to Vetting with CoderDojo in the coming weeks. These new forms are the only form that will be accepted by the National Vetting Bureau from 29th April onwards.

    We will send through further updates as we know them on the commencement of this legislation.

    If there are any questions surrounding signing up to Garda Vetting or in relation to CoderDojo Ireland please send them to

    Best wishes,

    The CoderDojo Foundation Team

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