Committees and Panels

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.

Case Management

  • Case Management Review Panel

    Andrew Thomson

    Independent Chair CMR

    The purpose of CMRs is to review and reflect on practice, identify learning and then disseminate the learning to improve practice and enhance safeguarding outcomes for children and young people in the future.

Safeguarding panels

Each Safeguarding Panel will be made up of the Core SBNI Membership agencies represented on the Board. In addition to the Independently Selected Chair there will be representatives from:

  • Local Health and Social Care Trust

    • An Assistant Director of Children’s Services;
    • A Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children;
    • A Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children;
    • An Assistant Director for Mental Health Services;
  • Statutory Agencies

    • Superintendent from the Police Service of Northern Ireland;
    • An Area Manager from the Probation Board for Northern Ireland;
    • An Assistant Director from the Youth Justice Agency;
    • A manager from an Education and Library Board;
    • At least one but no more than two managers from a District Council;
  • Other representatives

    • A manager from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children;
    • At least three but no more than five persons from voluntary and community organisations;
    • A member of a Local Medical Committee of the British Medical Association who practices within the area of Safeguarding.
  • 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.

  • Northern and Western Area Safeguarding Panels

    Mary Rafferty

    Independent Chair

    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.


  • Child Protection Sub-Group

    Tom Cassidy

    Western Health and Social Care Trust
    Director of Children’s and Women’s Services and Social Work

    The Child Protection Sub-Group was established in 2017 by SBNI following a recommendation in the Jay report.

  • CSE Sub-Group

    Anthony McNally

    Police Service Northern Ireland
    Chief Superintendent

    To work to ensure the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people who are being, or who are at risk of being exploited.

  • Domestic Abuse Sub-Group

    David Douglas

    South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
    Assistant Director for Family Support and Safeguarding

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

  • E-safety Forum

    Gary McDonald

    Police Service Northern Ireland
    Chief Inspector

    The SBNI e-Safety Forum operates as a non-statutory committee of the Safeguarding Board.

  • Governance Committee

    Gerry Guckian

    Independent Lay Member

    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.

  • Interfaith Sub-Group

    Lindsay Conway

    Presbyterian Church in Ireland
    Secretary to the Council for Social Witness

    The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) created the ‘Interfaith’ Sub-Group in May 2015.

  • Neglect Sub-Group

    Emily Roberts

    Public Health Agency
    Safeguarding Nurse Consultant

    Protecting and safeguarding children from neglect.

  • Policy and Procedures Committee

    Maura Dargan

    Northern Health and Social Care Trust
    Divisional Director of Women, Children and Families Division Executive Director of Social Work

    To enhance the safety and welfare of children and young people. This is through the development and revising of  Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, on a multi-agency basis.