Domestic Violence & Abuse Committee

SBNI has adopted a strength-based, trauma-informed approach to safeguarding children and young people.

Research relating to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) helped develop this approach.

Based on the 'Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022'  SBNI has placed specific focus on three of the most significant ACEs for children and young people living in Northern Ireland : 

  • Neglect
  • Mental Health 
  • Domestic Violence. 


The Domestic Violence Sub-Group established in 2018 by the SBNI. 

The group is chaired by an Assistant Director of Children’s Social Services from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Membership comprises representatives from the five Health and Social Care Trusts and;

  • Police Service of Northern Ireland.
  • Probation Board of Northern Ireland.
  • Public Health Agency. 
  • Youth Justice Agency. 
  • Include Youth.
  • Barnardo’s NI Women’s Aid Federation NI.
  • NSPCC.
  • Education Authority Northern Ireland.
  • NEXUS. 

The representatives from the Health and Social Care Trusts also chair the local domestic violence partnerships. 

Their presence on the SBNI sub-group thus facilitates connectivity with local and regional initiatives. 

The focus of the Sub-Group is to ensure the child is recognized as a victim in their own right where domestic violence has occurred. 

The group endeavours to progress this via many workstreams as follows;

  • Working with government departments and their agencies to prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA).
  • Working with partners engaged in the DVA arena to raise awareness among parents/carers and professionals of the impact of DVA on children and young people.
  • Working with partners to promote education for children and young people in how to recognise, respond to and seek help in relation to DVA.


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Equally Safeguarded - Scoping Study and TNA Response - briefing report 08 April 2021 Download