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Queen's and NSPCC publish Northern Ireland's first child death and serious injury review
Date:1/23/2013

ocial services, education and criminal justice organisations for assessing the needs of children and their families;
  • The development of Family Support Hubs to ensure that families with lower level needs are quickly put in contact with services that can meet these needs;
  • Improved arrangements for the supervision and support of social workers and health visitors.

    Minister of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Edwin Poots MLA, said: "I welcome the publication of this report, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. It provides invaluable learnings for the protection and safeguarding of children here. 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.

    "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."

    Principal Investigator, Dr John Devaney, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen's University, said: "This is the first time a review like this has been carried out in Northern Ireland. The overall aim has been to provide better safeguards for children by establishing the facts of the cases where children have died or been seriously injured, establishing whether lessons can be learned, identifying what those lessons are and how they can be acted upon."

    "Most of the children in these reports were already known to Health and Social Care Trusts and were not considered to be at great risk of serious harm they were like many families known to social services. Importantly, this research, carried out by Queen's and the NSPCC, has highlighted a number of key findings from individu
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  • Contact: Claire O'Callaghan
    c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk
    07-772-649-694
    Queen's University Belfast
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