Information relating to family policy matters in Northern Ireland


Parents can choose from a range of options for the care of their children.  Information about each of these options is available on nidirect

If you are interested in becoming a registered provider of childcare you may find the following guidance document helpful:

Registered providers of child care must also comply with standards which are specified by the Department. 

Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts are responsible for registering and inspecting these services against the requirements in the Children (NI) Order 1995.

Volume Two of the guidance and regulations is available to download.

Further information regarding registration can be obtained from the Early Years Team in your local HSC Trust.”

Families Matter

It is important to ensure that all children get the best start
in life and are helped to reach their full potential. This is reflected in 'Our Children and Young People, Our Pledge', a 10 year strategy that puts the spotlight firmly on the needs of children and young people in Northern Ireland. It is the overarching document which every government department in Northern Ireland has to take into account when introducing any new policy development to ensure children and young people are given the opportunities to fulfil their potential. The 'Families Matter' strategy supports those aims and objectives and sets out the vision for improving support and services for families and children.

The strategy was formally launched at the Dry Arch Centre on 12 March 2009. A link to the Publication Document can be found below:

Family Mediation

This was formally launched at the Stormont Hotel on 4 June 2009. A link to the Publication Document can be found below:

Top tips for parents

The Inter Disciplinary Group on Positive Parenting initiated a positive parenting campaign with the publication of ‘Top Tips for Parents – Your Guide to Positive Parenting’ . The campaign was formally launched at the 'Parents Week' conference on 15 October 2007 along with the further publication ‘Top Tips for Parenting Teenagers.

Below is a link to each of the publications as well as the original campaign poster


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