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Covid-19 Update

Child Protection issues and Child Protection investigations will continue to be managed and remain a priority for all agencies of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI), in particular the Health and Social Care Trusts and the PSNI.

If you are concerned about a child at risk of harm or abuse please contact your local Trust Gateway Team on the following numbers:

  • Trust Gateway Teams; Monday – Friday 9 – 5pm 
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust – 02890 507000
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust - 03001000300
  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust - 03001234333
  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust - 08007837745 
  • Western Health and Social Care Trust - 02871314090
  • Out of Hours Regional Emergency Social Work Service – 02895 049999
  • PSNI – on 101 or 999 in an emergency. 

You can call or email the NSPCC to report a concern about a child or young person NSPCC Helpline – 08088005000 - help@nspcc.org.uk

Should a child or young person need to speak to someone in confidence they can call or email NSPCC Childline – 08001111 www.childline.org.uk

You may find additional support information at;

Please be assured that all of the member agencies of the SBNI continue to work together to keep children and young people safe at this very difficult time.


The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) was established by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) in 2012 in recognition of the fact that children are more likely to be protected when agencies work in an all-inclusive, coordinated and consistent way.

The SBNI is the key process for agreeing how children’s agencies will cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Northern Ireland and for ensuring the effectiveness of those agencies. In carrying out our responsibilities, the SBNI will ensure that organisational boundaries between professionals, agencies and sectors do not act as barriers to protecting children and young people up to the age of 18.