Vetting checks are required for any adult working with or responsible for young people in Swim Ireland. Vetting checks will be carried out by Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster through the Central Garda Vetting Unit (CGVU) for those who are resident in Ireland and through Access NI (ANI) for anyone working with young people in Northern Ireland.

The Swim Ireland Vetting Policy (May 2016) is the latest update to incorporate the change in vetting procedures. Both the National Vetting Bureau and Access NI now process vetting applications on-line. There is still a paper form requiring ID validation and consent – so please check the processes carefully:
Access NI process
National Vetting Bureau process
Appendix 1 NVB process flow chart

Any incorrect forms or applications not meeting the requirements will be rejected and the paperwork returned to the applicant, if relevant. Both processes have legal requirements and these must be met by Swim Ireland.

Application forms for Ireland
E-Vet ID Form
Parent/Guardian Consent Form

Application forms for Northern Ireland
ID Validation Form ANI
Please note if you are working in both jurisdictions you will need to undertake both processes.

Access NI applicants can request the Access NI Code of Practice
Access NI and Garda Vetting applicants should be aware that a criminal conviction does not automatically bar an applicant from obtaining a position – all decisions are based on the Swim Ireland Vetting Policy.
If you have any questions on the vetting process or requirements please contact either Ruth at or Kate at