Background Checking In Ireland
In 2015, the CoderDojo Foundation made steps to ensure all Dojos in Ireland will be able to easily comply with the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012 and the Children First Bill 2014. It is a legal requirement to vet regular volunteers, youth mentors, mentors and champions in a Dojo. The acts referenced require Dojo Champions to take 2 key actions:
- Vet all regular volunteers at the Dojo via the CoderDojo Garda eVetting process.
- Document A Child Protection Plan:
- This is a plan that sets out a what will happen in the event that a volunteer/youth mentor/mentor/champion fails to comply with the CoderDojo Child Protection Policy.
The CoderDojo Ireland Child Protection approach is three pronged and each of the following should be utilised in conjunction with one another;
- CoderDojo Child Protection Policy
- Garda eVetting
- Child Protection Awareness Courses
CoderDojo Child Protection Policy
CoderDojo have developed a Child Protection Policy along with some useful support documents, this helps Dojo's understand the importance of following Child Protection legislation. Before starting your Dojo, you are required to do the following:
Step 1. Read these Child Protection Policy Documents here:
Step 2. Adopt the CoderDojo Ireland Child Protection Policy by printing & filing out this “Confirmation of Adoption” form. Scan it back to email@example.com.
Garda Vetting Volunteers At Your Dojo
The CoderDojo Foundation process Dojo’s Garda Vetting applications centrally for verified Dojos only. When your Dojo is verified on Zen and when you have sent the Confirmation of "Adoption Of Child Protection Policy" to firstname.lastname@example.org you can proceed with Garda Vetting.
Please see the CoderDojo Garda Vetting Process, if you are a Champion share this with your volunteers: here
Please see the CoderDojo Garda Vetting Outline for Champions: here
For more information on Garda Vetting see here: https://vetting.garda.ie/Help/FAQ
Child Protection Awareness Courses
While we do not run in-person training, we do have an e-Learning module on Safeguarding, which your volunteers can complete online. You can access this module here (you must be logged into Zen to access it).
We also recommend that you take a look at the National Youth Council of Ireland's training agenda. You can view their schedule of courses here.
From time to time the Foundation facilitate Child Protection Awareness courses, due to the rapid growth and scale of the CoderDojo movement resources for these courses are limited.
In January 2016, 15 CoderDojo Volunteers were trained as CoderDojo Child Protection Trainers. These trainers are available at times to deliver training around the country. The training is 5 hours or a full day and will require the Dojo to organise a venue to fit a maximum of 20 people. If you do not have the minimum of 10 volunteers to be trained in your Dojo alone please still fill out the form below so we can pair you with any other Dojos who may be hosting training or who also have below the minimum number.