SBNI Briefings

8 Dec 2020

Briefing Paper Number 2: The Influence of Paramilitarism in Northern Ireland on the recognition of child sexual exploitation in young males (November 2020)


Dr Jacqueline Montgomery-Devlin has recently published the second in a series of three briefing papers on child sexual exploitation. This paper has presented an examination of the concept of paramilitarism and the complex dynamics within paralimilitary controlled communities in Northern Ireland to which young males are exposed, particularly those who are sexually exploited.


1 Dec 2020

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1 Dec 2020

The SBNI Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) Project have developed two online training programmes for staff working across the system to develop their understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their skills and confidence in trauma sensitive approaches to their practice.


19 Oct 2020

Briefing Paper Number 1: Potential Impediments to the recognition of the sexual exploitation of young males under 18 years (June 2020)


Dr Jacqueline Montgomery-Devlin has published the first of three briefing papers that focuses on the child sexual exploitation of young males. Whilst drawing out some of the key themes emerging from the study the paper concludes with recommendations to inform child sexual exploitation policy and practice specifically with regards to young men and boys.


6 Jul 2020

In 2018 the SBNI commissioned Leonard Consultancy to examine both at a strategic and operational level how the member agencies of the SBNI are effectively addressing CSE from prevention to intervention within Northern Ireland.

This exercise followed on from the Pinkerton Review in 2015 wherein a further evaluation was recommended.

16 Apr 2020

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) has observed a drop in referrals about children who may have experienced harm to the PSNI and Children’s Social Services over the last three weeks. This is worrying as it may mean some children do not have the support needed in order to keep them safe.

30 Jan 2020

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) have commissioned a two year licence with the Solihull Approach to enable professionals across Northern Ireland to complete the online ‘Understanding Trauma’ course. This is a FREE course following on from the Solihull Understanding Attachment course and will be available from November 2019 until November 2021.

24 Jan 2020

On the 4 March 2020, the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland hosted in partnership with Queens University Belfast and Trauma Informed Oregon a seminar event on Trauma Informed Care Physical Environments: A place of physical and psychological safety.


5 Dec 2019

Members of the Probation Services, Prison Services, Police Services and Justice Departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland came together on 29 November in Belfast to reiterate their support for partnership working to assist public protection throughout the island of Ireland.


4 Dec 2019



The EITP Trauma Informed Practice Project in partnership with the HSC Leadership Centre will deliver a train the trainer programme for the Level One ACE Awareness and Level Two Trauma Sensitive Approaches to Practice training. Programme Dates are now available for 2020!


Who is suitable to attend the programme?

Participants who attend this programme are required to ensure that they have;