NIPEC in partnership with the
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), Public Health Agency (PHA) and the five Health and Social
Care Trusts (HSCTs) a Core Competency Framework has developed for
nurses and midwives in promoting their role and responsibilities
in Safeguarding Children and Young People. It is anticipated that
this framework will support the future implementation of standards
which are being developed as part of the enhancements of
Understanding the Needs of Children in Northern Ireland (UNOCINI),
and ongoing developments within the Regional Safeguarding Board
for Northern Ireland.
core competency framework
reflects the current knowledge base and scope of practice
required by nurses and midwives for safeguarding children and
young people. It takes cognizance of current regional policy
direction and other polices associated with the safeguarding
issues relating to children and young people.
To inform the development of this framework an Expert Reference Group was
established, comprising of 5 Trust Safeguarding Lead Nurses with
representation from Midwifery, Mental Health and PHA’s
Safeguarding Nurse. The group provided expertise in identifying
best practice in relation to safeguarding practice and required
training and development of nurses and midwives.
NIPEC would like to thank all those who contributed to the
development of this core competency framework. to download a copy