Belfast, Southern and South Eastern Area Safeguarding Panels

The membership of each Safeguarding Panel is reflective of SBNI. It is interagency and multi-disciplinary in nature with an Independent Chair and representatives from all organisations with statutory responsibility for, or a stake in safeguarding and child protection.

Each Independent Chair (Two Chairs cover the five panels) has been appointed on the basis of their previous operational management experience within the child protection and safeguarding system and are members of the Board. The role of the safeguarding panels is to take forward collaborative work locally around to deliver the key strategic priorities set by the SBNI.

The panels also identify new and emerging issues from the ground, thereby ensuring that the SBNI are fully informed of any concerns emerging from local communities, parents, children and other key stakeholders.