“The primary responsibility of safeguarding children and young people and promoting their welfare rests with their parents or carers. They provide help, support and protection to their children. Extended family, friends, neighbours and the wider community can help parents and carers to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.”
(Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People, 2016)
The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) was established in 2012 following the publication of the Safeguarding Board Act (2011) (The Act). The SBNI has replaced the Regional Child Protection Committee (RCPC) with an extended role to include the wider area of safeguarding as well as statutory child protection.
Regulation 17 of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) 2011 Regulations requires the SBNI to undertake Case Management Reviews (CMR), in accordance with the CMR guidance laid out in Annex B of the Guidance to the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI).
The SBNI is made up of key partner organisations from the statutory, community and voluntary sectors. We will work with these organisations, professions and the wider community, who are concerned about the protection and wellbeing of children. As a Board we will strive to improve learning, enhance practice and ensure that children’s voices are at the centre of all that is done by the organisations and professionals who together make up the Child Protection System. By doing this, we believe that the system will work in a more coordinated and effective way and year on year children will be better protected and kept safer.
The SBNI will set about identifying its aims and objectives through the development of several subgroups, each developing its main areas of work and key priorities to compliment and support the work of the Board. More detail in the Committees section.