Understanding the Needs of Children in Northern Ireland (UNOCINI) Guidance

Date published: 30 June 2011

This guide is aimed at practitioners who provide services to children, young people and their families, whether they work in the statutory, voluntary, community or private sectors, who undertake or contribute to assessments under the UNOCINI Assessment Framework.

'Please note - this guidance is currently under review'


The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to support staff to better meet the needs of children and their families through a comprehensive process for assessment leading to action. Additionally it also provides guidance about when and how to refer a child to children’s social services when it has been assessed that their needs warrant this.

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