Committees

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.