Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) is the regional umbrella organisation for the children's sector in Northern Ireland. CiNI represents the interests of the sector and provides support services to member organisations in their work with children and young people.
Children in Northern Ireland provides services in the following areas:
CiNI membership includes large national and regional organisations, local voluntary and community groups, statutory agencies, independent organisations and individuals. By subscribing to membership of CiNI, members receive many benefits. For further information on these benefits please go to the 'Membership' section of the website.
CiNI is very centrally located and has three training rooms of various sizes that can accommodate from 2 - 65 people. The building benefits from excellent free car parking facilities and is easily accessible via public transportation networks. For further information please view the room hire section of the website.
CiNI designs and delivers a comprehensive range of training which promotes child centred practice and supports families. Our training aims to provide workers with the knowledge and skills they need to deliver quality services and promote positive outcomes for children and their families.
Child Policy Information Service
This is an online service where members can access all the latest policy developments relating to children and young people. As part of this service, members receive a fortnightly E-Brief of the latest child policy news direct to their mailbox as well as weekly Assembly alerts.
This service supports members to use their knowledge and expertise to inform and influence public policy development drawing on the rights and needs of children and young people. This influences Briefings/Position Papers, Discussion Forums with Policy Makers and Consultation Workshops.
Working in Partnership
CiNI works in partnership with a range of bodies to influence and inform change for children and young people on key issues and in key fora. This includes six specific initiatives: All Party Group on Children and Young People, Children are Unbeatable! Alliance, Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance and the Early Years Strategic Alliance.
The Participation Network supports the Public Sector to engage effectively with children and young people in the development and review of policy and services that impact on their lives. We provide training, consultancy support, a signposting service and resources to central and local government.