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

    Ms Deidre Mahon, Director of Children’s Services and Social Work

    Western Health and Social Care Trust

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

  • CSE Sub-Group

    Chief Superintendent Anthony McNally

    Police Service Northern Ireland

    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

    Mr. David Douglas, Assistant Director Children’s Services Social Health and Care Trust

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

  • E-safety Forum

    Superintendent Gary McDonald

    Police Service Northern Ireland

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

  • Governance Committee

    Mr Gerry Guckian

    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

    Dr Peter Hamill, Church of Ireland

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

  • Neglect Sub-Group

    Ms Emily Roberts, Specialist Safeguarding Nurse

    Public Health Agency

    Protecting and safeguarding children from neglect.

  • Policy and Procedures Committee

    Ms Maura Dargan, Director of Children’s Social Services and 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.