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Protecting and safeguarding children from neglect

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) has identified the issue of neglect as a priority and is the SBNI’s theme over the next two years. Neglect is the failure to provide for a child and young person’s basic needs. Neglect remains the one of the most prevalent forms of child maltreatment and is likely to result in the serious impairment of a child and young person’s health or development.

An SBNI Neglect Sub-Group has been established to provide strategic leadership to ensure safeguarding practice in relation to neglect is effective in Northern Ireland.

Neglect Newsletter

Neglect Newsletter Issue 1, Feb. 2017

Neglect Newsletter Issue 2, Sept. 2017


  • Online training materials have been issued by the Scottish Government and the Department of Education in England which practitioners may find useful. This information has been developed by experts on childhood neglect. Please click here to access this information:



  • An annotated bibliography in relation to neglect has been developed by Queen's University Belfast on behalf of the SBNI to assist practitioners. Its purpose is to provide a summary of some key current research findings on prevalence, recognition, assessment and intervention of child neglect alongside highlighting further sources of information and training. Please click here to access:

Child neglect- an annotated bibliography



A very successful multi-disciplinary/agency Neglect Conference took place on 5th April 2017 in the Southern Safeguarding Panel area.

The Keynote Speaker was Professor Jan Horwath (Professor Emeritus University of Sheffield). A range of workshops were held during the event.

The focus of the Conference was on the challenges of identifying and working with neglect, the consideration of the child's and parent’s experience and on using the lived experience of the carers to establish capacity to not only change but maintain change.

Presentations from some of the key note speakers and the workshops have kindly been made available and can be accessed below:


Current consultations

Consultation on the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland Neglect Strategy

Consultation letter re SBNI Neglect Strategy

Feedback Questionnaire SBNI Neglect Strategy

March 2017 Draft SBNI Neglect Strategy

March 2017 Equality Screening for Neglect Strategy

Questionnares on Equality Human Rights and Rural Screening template on SBNI Neglect Strategy

Regulatory Impact Assessment and Rural proofing - Neglect Strategy