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Adoption and children (Northern Ireland) bill
Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, has launched a public consultation on a draft Adoption and Children Bill for Northern Ireland that will modernise the legislation and make it more consistent with the principles and provisions of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and international human rights requirements.
Closing date: 10 April 2017
Consultation on Regional Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy and Procedures for Northern Ireland
The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) is consulting on its regional child protection/safeguarding policy and procedures. The elements included are: the policy and procedures (core procedures, safeguarding practice guidance, individuals who pose a risk to children/young people, roles and responsibilities of the SBNI, protocols); the equality and human rights screening; the rural impact assessment screening.
Closing date: 6 February 2017
Further details can be found on the SBNI website
Attitudes to Care: Survey for young people in care and care leavers
VOYPIC and EPIC are conducting a survey for young people in care and care leavers about ‘Attitudes to Care’ as part of their work with 5 Nations, 1 Voice (#5N1V). The survey is designed to explore care experienced young people’s views on what other people think about children in care and care leavers.
Further details and a link to the survey are provided on the VOYPIC Website
Safe places and spaces: survey
Voypic has launched a survey to gather young people’s views, experiences and ideas about how safe places and spaces can be created for children and young people. This survey is aimed at those aged 12 – 25 and asks what keeps children in care safe where they live, in their local community and when they go missing.
Closing date: 31 August 2016
Further details and the survey questions can be found on the Survey Monkey website.
Foster carer study on new mental health screening tool
A research team based at the University of Surrey is seeking to gather the views of foster carers on a new mental health screening tool from Michael Tarren-Sweeney; the Brief Assessment Checklist. They are asking foster carers of children and young people between 4 and 16 years to complete a brief online survey to share their views. The survey is anonymous and takes just 15 minutes to complete.