About the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland

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.

Our role

The objective of the SBNI is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Northern Ireland by coordinating the work and ensuring the effectiveness of each person or body represented on the Board.

  • History

    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.

  • Membership

    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. 

  • How we work

    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.

  • Case Management Reviews

    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).

  • Panels and sub-groups

    The SBNI undertakes its aims and objectives through a series of Panels and Sub-groups on areas like Child protection, Child Sexual Exploitation, Domestic abuse, Neglect and e-safety.

    The SBNI also has five local area safeguarding panels co-terminus with the five trust boundaries, and a case management review panel.

Our Structure

  • 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. 

  • The following agencies are represented on SBNI Board

  • The SBNI partnership is supported by a central support team based in the Leadership Centre 12 Hampton Manor Drive. The Board is chaired by a ministerial appointment- Ms Bernie McNally. The central support team is made up of the following roles and Individuals.

  • We undertake our aims and objectives through a series of Panels and Sub-groups on areas like Child protection, Child Sexual Exploitation, Domestic abuse, Neglect and e-safety. We also have five local area safeguarding panels co-terminus with the five trust boundaries, and a case management review panel.

Contact us

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Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland
The Beeches,
12 Hampton Manor Drive,
Belfast BT7 3EN

Tel: 028 95 361810
Email: SBNI.Info@hscni.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/safeguardingni