A joint pilot inspection of Child Protection Arrangements in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (the Southern Trust) area has looked at how justice, health and social care and education organisations work together to protect children where there are concerns about risk of harm.
The joint pilot inspection looked at the point, or referral response, or ‘front door’ when children aged 12 to 17 years were identified as being at risk or in need of protection within the Southern Trust area.
The inspection was conducted by inspectors from the Criminal Justice Inspectorate (CJI), the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) and the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) and was the first of its kind to take place in Northern Ireland. The focus was on how police officers, health and social care professionals as well as teachers and education staff provided multi-agency responses to protect children at the first point of identification of risk.
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