Community Information Branch (CIB) within the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) is responsible for collecting, compiling, processing, analysing, interpreting and disseminating a wide range of statistics covering Health and Social Care.
All statistics produced by CIB are designated as ‘Official Statistics’ and some of our statistics are designated as ‘National Statistics’, which means that they are produced in accordance with the arrangements set out in the Framework for National Statistics and in line with the 8 principles and 3 supporting protocols set out in the UK Statistics Authority's Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Official statistics, as set out in Section 6 of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, are statistical outputs which are intended to inform politicians, officials and the wider public about the national position on specific topics on an ongoing basis, are governed by the Statistics Code.
The UK Statistics Authority, which was established as part of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, is now responsible for the development and maintenance of a Code of Practice for Statistics which sets out the professional standards which official statisticians are expected to meet.
As well as complying with the Code of Practice and its supporting Protocols, all of our National Statistics are also produced and published in accordance with the following statements and policies.
- DHSSPS Statement of Compliance with the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order (Northern Ireland) 2009 (PDF 42KB)
- CIB Statistical Release to which Pre-release Access is Granted (PDF 39KB)
- CIB Revision Policy (PDF 94KB)
- Use of Administrative Sources (PDF 20KB)
- Statement of Administrative Sources (PDF 63KB)
- CIB Statistical Policy Statement on Confidentiality (PDF 157KB)
- CIB Business Plan 2012 - 2013 (PDF 30KB)
A report on the quality of Children's Statistics is available on the Children's Publication page.
Breaches to the Code of Practice for Official Statistics
There are currently no breaches reported.