Understanding the Needs of Children in Northern Ireland

UNOCINI( Understanding the needs of Children in Northern Ireland) is a  framework to support professionals in assessment and planning to better meet the needs of children and their families.  It offers a logical process within which the children and their family’s circumstances can be considered, analysed and understood in order to develop robust plans that lead to action with the aim of improving outcomes for the child. The UNOCINI assessment framework has been developed by Health and Personal Social Services in conjunction with colleagues from other public agencies such as education and the police.

UNOCINI can be used by ALL professionals, including those in the voluntary sector, as a tool to help them identify the needs of children at an early stage. 

The UNOCINI framework can also be used to make referrals to children’s social services and other children’s services. Using UNOCINI will ensure that children being referred come with the wealth of information that has already been collected by professionals working with them. Each level of the UNOCINI assessment framework builds on the previous one, ensuring a continuity of assessment. This will mean that children and their families will not need to go through the same questions with new professionals that others have already asked.

If you wish to make a referral to children’s social services please contact the appropriate Gateway team for your trust area.  Completed UNOCINI forms should be sent to the appropriate Gateway address as listed below. 

BHSST (Greater Belfast)
Tel: 028 9050 7000 to make referrals
Gateway Services
110 Saintfield Road
BT8 6HD 

SEHSST ( Lisburn, Dunmurry, Moira, Hillsborough, Bangor, Newtownards, Ards Peninsula, Comber, Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ballynahinch )
Tel: 0300 1000 300 to make referrals or post completed UNOCINI forms to

Greater Lisburn Gateway     
Stewartstown Road Health Centre
212 Stewartstown Road
Belfast, BT17 0FG
Tel: 028 90602705  

North Down Gateway Team
James Street
Newtownards, BT23 4EP
Tel: 028 91818518
Fax: 028 90564830

Down Gateway Team 
Children’s Services
81 Market Street
Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ
Tel: 028 44613511
Fax: 028 44615734

NHSCT (Antrim, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Larne, Ballymena, Cookstown, Magherafelt, Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Portrush and Coleraine )

Tel: 03001234333 to make referrals or post completed UNOCINI forms to

Central Gateway Team
Unit 5A, Toome Business Park
Hillhead Road
Toomebridge, BT41 3SF
Tel: 028 7965 1020

South Eastern Gateway Team
The Beeches
76 Avondale Drive
Ballyclare, BT39 9DB
Tel: 028 93340165

Northern Gateway Team
Coleraine Child Care Team
7A Castlerock Road
Coleraine, BT51 3HP
Tel: 028 7032 5462

SHSCT (Craigavon, Banbridge, Dromore, Lurgan, Portadown, Gilford, Armagh, Coalisland, Dungannon, Fivemiletown, Markethill, Moy, Tandragee, Ballygawley, Newry City, Bessbrook, Annalong, Rathfriland, Warrenpoint, Crossmaglen, Kilkeel, Newtownhamilton)

Tel: 08007837745 to make referrals or post completed UNOCINI forms to

Craigavon/Banbridge Team
Brownlow H&SS Centre
1 Legahory Centre
Craigavon , BT65 5BE
Tel: 028 38343011

Newry/Mourne Gateway Team
Dromalane House
Dromalane Road
Newry, BT35 8AP
Tel: 028 30825000 Option 1

Armagh /Dungannon Team
E Floor
South Tyrone Hospital
Carland Road
Dungannon, BT71 4AU
Tel: 028 87713506

Central Gateway Team
Gosford Place
The Mall West
Armagh, BT61 9AR
Tel: 028 37415285

WHSST (Derry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh and Enniskillen)
Tel: 028 71314090 to make referrals or post completed UNOCINI forms to

Derry Gateway Team
Whitehill, 106 Irish Street
Derry, BT47 2ND
Tel: 028 71314090

Omagh Gateway Team
Tyrone and Fermanagh
1 Donaghanie Road
Omagh, BT79 ONS
Tel: 028 66344103

Enniskillen Gateway Team
2 Coleshill Road
Tel: 028 66344103




Further information can be found at http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/microsoft_word_-_unocini_guidance_revised_june_2011_inc_mh_domain_elements.pdf

    All UNOCINI template forms can be downloaded using the following link: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/unocini_forms.doc

    Full details of when this training will be delivered in your area will be available on-line at: http://www.ci-ni.org.uk/training_calendar.aspx