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Poots welcomes launch of first Case Management Overview Report

Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety Minister Edwin Poots today welcomed the launch of the first overview report on Case Management Reviews for Northern Ireland.
Thursday, 24 January 2013

The report, ‘Translating Learning into Action: An Overview of Learning Arising from Case Management Reviews in Northern Ireland 2003-2008’ brings together key learning from 24 Case Management Reviews, aimed at transforming practice and bringing about improvements in services to children and families. The Department commissioned Queen’s University and NSPCC to produce this overview report.

Launching the report at an event in Queen’s University the Minister said: “I welcome the publication of this report, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. It provides invaluable learning’s for the protection and safeguarding of children here.

“Whilst we are all grateful that the number of child deaths have dropped dramatically over recent decades in Northern Ireland, the importance of the learning identified through Case Management Reviews and the publication of this Overview Report cannot be underestimated within the context of a reduction in the number of children who are harmed or die.

“The rate of non-accidental child deaths continues to fall. In my view, a strong child protection system has contributed positively to this reduction in numbers – and we owe it to future generations to continue to do what we do well, and to strengthen the system where it transpires we need to.”

The overview report illustrates the Department’s commitment to a culture of openness and transparency in accountability arrangements and continued strengthening of Child Protection policies and procedures.

In his speech, the Minister noted that the majority of Case Management Reviews included in the report reflected the dedication and professionalism individual staff involved with the family and children.

The Minister concluded saying: “This report, commissioned by my department, reflects my continued commitment to ensuring that messages are shared with all organisations and professionals who work with children on a daily basis and who can help keep them safe. I believe that we have a duty of care to make sure our children are protected and the launch of this new report identifying key learning’s will certainly help towards achieving this.”

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI), established in September 2012 has a statutory requirement to undertake Case Management Reviews. It is an independently chaired coalition of agencies across the health, social care, education, justice, voluntary and community sectors. It promotes co-ordination and co-operation between different agencies to protect and safeguard children and will do so in an open and transparency way.

A series of seminars across Northern Ireland will follow the launch event to further support the dissemination of the learning’s identified from the overview report. These seminars will be attended by other statutory agencies alongside Health and Social Care staff.

Notes to editors:

1. The overview report Translating Learning into Action: An Overview of Learning Arising from Case Management Reviews in Northern Ireland 2003-2008 was commissioned by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and produced by a research team from Queen’s University Belfast and the NSPCC including Dr John Devaney, Dr Lisa Bunting, Dr David Hayes and Dr Anne Lazenbatt.

2. The full report is available on the QUB website

3. Further information on the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland can be found on the SBNI website

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