All applications for vetting must be made online via the diocesan vetting office –

The Diocesan Vetting Office is located at St Macartan’s College, Monaghan, and may be contacted on +353 87 3874742, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays during office hours. 

The Northern Ireland Safeguarding and Vetting Office address is: 120 Cliftonville Road, Belfast BT14 6LA. 


NVB 1 Online Vetting Invitation Form for Parishes & Schools

NVB 3 Parent Guardian Consent Form


Please note that Access NI have introduced new IDENTITY CHECKING procedures (revised May 2019). This means that the identity of all voluntary or paid staff going through the Access NI process will be systematically checked and matched to their criminal record.  These arrangements were put in place to minimise the risk to the recruitment process and safeguarding arrangements. Therefore, the Catholic Church Northern Diocese Vetting Office must now adhere to these new requirements.  The Access NI Vetting Office will only accept ID Verification Forms with attached photocopies of the applicant’s identity documentation. Please note: If the Vetting Office receive ID Verification Forms without the required ID photocopies, they will be returned to the Parish.  For ID Verification Forms, see below. 

The Northern Ireland Safeguarding and Vetting Office address is: Catholic Church Northern Dioceses Vetting Office, 120 Cliftonville Road, Belfast BT14 6LA. 

Forms and Guidance for NI Vetting:

ID Verification Form (April 2024)

Vetting Application Guidance Notes (April 2024)

Guidance on creating an NI Direct account & processing an Access NI Application (April 2024)

ID Verification Guidelines (April 2024)

Confidential Declaration Form (April 2024)

Vetting Confirmation Request & Explanatory Notes (April 2024)                       

The Vetting Confirmation Request Form enables a Parish to confirm whether a volunteer has previously been vetted for working with the appropriate group, to notify of an additional role or to decide whether a new vetting application is required. It also allows the Vetting Office to update the individual’s vetting history on the Vetting Database.