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Current Consultations


Closed Consultations

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

Further details are provided in the Department of Health News Item and the consultation documents are all available on the nidirect Consultation Hub

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

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.

The survey can be found on the University of Surrey website  For more information or to ask any questions please email the research team at