This guidance is broadly similar in status to the Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (PDF) guidance in England, and sets out the role and expectations of professionals in relation to the protection of children from abuse and neglect across Northern Ireland.
The guidance aims to ensure that:
- systems and processes are in place to ensure child protection services are targeted at those children who are most in need of protection from serious abuse
- processes are in place for reviewing serious cases where a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect is believed to be a factor (known as Case Management Reviews in Northern Ireland)
- families are not exposed to the stress of child protection investigations if provision of other services would be more appropriate for their needs
- agencies target resources appropriately