The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland’s Director of Operations, Sharon Beattie, has an overview of its objectives and work. The creation of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) followed the recommendations by Lord Laming because of this of the Victoria Climbie and Baby Pea cases. Laming’s conclusions − that multi-agency child safety committees (a feature of child protection for ten years or more) needed to be revamped and modernized − warranted new plans.
Laming suggested the creation of Local Safeguarding Boards populated by older personnel in organizations and chaired by individuals independent of the system. The SBNI was thus established through statute by the Safeguarding Board (Northern Ireland) Act 2011 and officially launched on the 18 September 2012 by the three Ministers for Health, Social Services and Public Safety; Justice; and Education.
The SBNI is straight responsible to the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety and at the mercy of the scrutiny of the Assembly’s Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety. The task directed at the SBNI is to co-ordinate the activities of its member agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The central task of the SBNI Board is perfect for the account to have a view that is beyond the thin interests of the organization, to be a Safeguarding Board for children and young people, not professionals or organizations.
• advise the Health and Social Care Board and local commissioning groups in relation to safeguarding and promote communication … Read the rest