Safeguarding Board Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Document Number:2011 CHAPTER 7
 
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An Act to make provision to establish the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland; and for connected purpose.

[10 th February 2011]

BE IT ENACTED by being passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly and assented to by Her Majesty as follows:

Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland

  1. —(1) The Department shall establish in accordance with this section a Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (in this Act referred to as “the Safeguarding Board”).

    (2) The Safeguarding Board must include—

    (a) a Chair appointed by the Department;

    (b) such representative or representatives of the persons or bodies specified in subsection (3) as may be prescribed; and

    (c) at least 2 but not more than 4 other persons (who are not representatives of the persons or bodies specified in subsection (3) or of any other relevant persons or bodies) appointed by the Department.

    (3) The persons or bodies referred to in subsection (2) are—

    (a) the Regional Health and Social Care Board;

    (b) the Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Well-being;

    (c) Health and Social Care trusts;

    (d) the Police Service of Northern Ireland;

    (e) the Probation Board for Northern Ireland;

    (f) the Youth Justice Agency;

    (g) education and library boards;

    (h) district councils;

    (i) the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children;

    (j) such other relevant persons or bodies as may be prescribed.

    (4) Subject to the approval of the Department, the Safeguarding Board may also include representatives of such relevant persons or bodies (other than the persons or bodies specified in subsection (3)) as the members of the Board consider should be represented on it.

    (5) Regulations may make provision as to—

    (a) the appointment, tenure and vacation of office of a Chair and members of the Safeguarding Board (including the circumstances in which they cease to hold office or may be removed or suspended from office);

    (b) the procedure of the Safeguarding Board;

    (c) the staff, premises and expenses of the Safeguarding Board (including provision as to which person or body provides the staff, premises or expenses).

    (6) The Department may pay the Chair and the members of the Safeguarding Board referred to in subsection (2)(c) such remuneration and allowances as the Department may, with the approval of the Department of Finance and Personnel, determine.

    (7) Proceedings of the Safeguarding Board are not invalidated by any vacancy in membership or by any defect in a member’s appointment or qualifications.

    Objective of the Safeguarding Board

  2. —(1) The objective of the Safeguarding Board is to co-ordinate and ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each person or body represented on the Board (by virtue of section 1(2)(b) and (4)) for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

    (2) Regulations may amend the objective specified in subsection (1) (whether by adding to, removal of or substitution of any part of that objective) for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

    Functions of the Safeguarding Board

  3. —(1) The Safeguarding Board must develop policies and procedures for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

    (2) The Safeguarding Board must promote an awareness of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

    (3) The Safeguarding Board must keep under review the effectiveness of what is done by each person or body represented on the Board (by virtue of section 1(2)(b) and (4)) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

    (4) The Safeguarding Board must undertake such case management reviews as may be prescribed in such circumstances as may be prescribed.

    (5) The Safeguarding Board must review such information as may be prescribed in relation to deaths of children in Northern Ireland in such circumstances as may be prescribed.

    (6) The Safeguarding Board must advise the Regional Health and Social Care Board and Local Commissioning Groups in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children—

    (a) as soon as reasonably...

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