Trainers subject to Garda vetting under child-protection laws

All employers have to be checked by vetting bureau if they employ people under age of 18

The Turf Club regulates Irish racing on a 32-county basis, but it appears unclear how precisely the vetting process will work in relation to trainers in the North

The Turf Club regulates Irish racing on a 32-county basis, but it appears unclear how precisely the vetting process will work in relation to trainers in the North

 

Racehorse trainers in Ireland are subject to Garda vetting under new child-protection legislation.

All employers are required to be checked by the National Vetting Bureau if they employ people under the age of 18, and the Turf Club has confirmed it is working with gardaí in relation to the racing industry.

“The legislation requires it. New trainers looking for licences have been vetted since early 2016, and retrospective vetting is also now in place,” said the Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan.

Irish Racehorse Trainers’ Association spokesman Michael Grassick said the body had recently become aware of the requirement. “Everyone employing minors, across any walk of life, is subject to it if they employ a minor. You have to be vetted.”

There has been confusion among some trainers in relation to notices to them from the National Vetting Bureau, but the Turf Club insists such communications are routine.

“This is routine in other sports where coaches or managers are involved with minors and vulnerable people. Our sport is a little different in that trainers can employ someone from the age of 14. Jockeys can also be employed when they are minors,” said the Turf Club’s head of legal and compliance Cliodhna Guy on Friday.

“Communications have been sent to all licensed trainers explaining how this is all just part of a process,” she added.

Statutory basis

The National Vetting Bureau Acts, 2012 to 2016, provide a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out relevant work with children or vulnerable persons.

The Turf Club regulates Irish racing on a 32-county basis but it appears unclear how precisely the vetting process will work in relation to trainers in the North. However, Ms Guy said: “There is co-operation between the Garda and the Northern Ireland police service in relation to lots of issues, and I’m sure it’s the same in terms of vetting information.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.