Governance Committee

The purpose of the Governance Committee is to review the establishment and maintenance of an effective system for governance across the whole of the SBNI’s activities and to support the achievement of the SBNI’s objectives, minimising the exposure to risk.


In addition to the Chair, the Committee is made up of:

  • SBNI members including a member with Case Management Review (CMR) experience.
  • One member of SBNI Central Support Team with a Governance Remit.
  • One Safeguarding Panel Chair.
  • The Committee may also invite to attend as required any other members who can provide relevant information and assistance.


The work of the Governance Committee supports the learning culture across the SBNI in response to lessons learned and furthers the SBNI’s objective to coordinate and ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.


The Governance Committee keeps under review the effectiveness of the SBNI’s structures and working arrangements, including the inter-relationship and accountabilities of the various committees and groups that undertake the work of the SBNI to ensure that at all times the SBNI operates to the highest standards of Public Sector governance. The Committee provides assistance and support to the Independent Chair in the preparation of the SBNI’s annual Declaration of Assurance, and has regard to the Memorandum of Understanding between the SBNI, the PHA and the Department of Health whilst recognising that each member body of the SBNI is also required to operate within its own governance arrangements.