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Policies and Procedure Committee


To enhance the safety and welfare of children and young people by developing and revising Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, on a multi-agency basis.



  • Develop Policy & Procedures which will contribute to the objectives set in the SBNI’s 3 year Strategic Plan.
  • Fulfil the policy and procedural requirements contained in the Departmental Guidance relating to the creation of the SBNI.
  • Review individual policy and procedures identified by professional staff as being ambiguous or unhelpful.
  • Following the conclusion of the current Departmental review of policies, produce a revised Regional Policy and Procedures, which reflects the changes in thinking and practice contained in the Department’s revision of Cooperating to Safeguard Children.
  • Agree with the Member Agencies a dissemination process for the revised document. 

Current consultations:

Consultation on the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) Regional Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Consultation letter re SBNI Regional Child Protection Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Equality Screening Template for Policy and Procedures

Questionnaires on Equality, Human Rights and Rural Screening Template on Regional Policy and Procedures

Regional Policy and Procedures Board Feedback and Questionnaire

Regulatory Impact and Rural Proofing Screening Assessments

SECTION 1: Core Procedures

SECTION 2: Safeguarding Practice Guidance

SECTION 3: Individuals who Pose a Risk to Children/Young People

SECTION 4: Roles and Responsibilities of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland

SECTION 5: Protocols

  • Bruising Marks in Pre-Mobile Babies

-FAQ: Bruising on Babies Not Independently Mobile Protocol

-Protocol for Assessment, Management and Referral by Professionals in Health and Social Care Trusts and General Practitioners

-Regional Leaflet for Parents and Carers re Procotol for Bruising Marks in Pre-Mobile Babies