Screening Terminology

Volunteer

Vulnerable Person

Duty of Care

Liability

Liability refers to the duties, obligations or responsibilities imposed on a person by law. As it is commonly used, we speak of a person or organisation being held legally liable for something, i.e., through a legal action, the individual or organization has been found legally responsible for an action or inaction in a particular set of circumstances and is required to pay damages to someone harmed as a result.

Occupiers Liability: requires that the person (an individual, an organisation) in possession of premises owes a duty of care to those who come on the premises and must take reasonable care to protect them from harm that might come through their programs, on their premises or at the hands of a third party on the premises.
Direct Liability: deals specifically with the issue of fault. Vicarious Liability: is the liability an organization takes on for the actions of those who function on its behalf.

Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting is the process by which the Central Garda Vetting Unit discloses details regarding prosecutions and/or convictions in respect of an individual. While Garda Vetting is not necessary for every organisation or role, it is generally regarded as an important step for organisations whose volunteers are involved with children or vulnerable adults.

Position of Trust

A position of trust identifies a setting in which someone is placed in a position of authority over another person in an ongoing relationship. A position of trust implies that someone has some degree of power over another, that the relationship is unequal. Individuals in positions of trust may be family members, friends, caregivers, volunteers, or employees. The question of whether a position of trust exists depends on the relationship and on the degree of authority, reliance and dependence in it, and not on the question of payment or salary. People may also assume positions of trust with respect to finances, rather than individuals.

Standard of Care

The standard of care refers to the degree or level of service, attention, care, and protection that one person owes another according to the law, usually the law of negligence. The required standard varies according to the circumstances of each situation, and determining the appropriate standard is often not a simple matter.