The North South Child Protection Hub has been developed under the auspices of the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC), established in December 1999 on the entry into force of the British-Irish Agreement of 8 March 1999.
The NSMC comprises Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government who are working together to take forward cooperation between both parts of the Island to mutual benefit. Child Protection is one of the areas identified for co-operation and to this end a Cross-Border Child Protection Officials’ Group has established 5 Sub-Groups to develop initiatives in the following areas:
- Vetting and Barring
- Movement of children across the Boarder
- Media Awareness
- Internet Safety
- Research and Knowledge Transfer
The NSCPH is a product of the Research and Knowledge Transfer Sub-Group group which initiated the project through funding received from:
- the Office of Social Services, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, and the Health and Social Care Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland; and
- the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Department of Health and Children via the (former) Children Acts Advisory Board, Republic of Ireland.
To the best of our knowledge at the time of its development, the NSCPH was the first dedicated child protection resource of its kind anywhere in the world.