Reform Implementation Team - Children's Services

The Reform Implementation Team was established by the then Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, to drive forward the comprehensive change agenda for child protection services in Northern Ireland, based on a Care Pathway approach.

Contact us:

RIT Improvement/Development Manager

RIT Project Administrator

RIT Change Co-ordinators

Key areas of responsibility include:

Understanding the Needs of Children in Northern Ireland

Regional Policy and Guidance

The following key documents developed within the RIT process were endorsed by the Department and formally issued in April 2008:



Judicial Guide to Case Management in Public Law Proceedings

Regional Guidance For Residential Care And Field Social Work Staff On Supporting Looked After Children Who Are Arrested/Questioned By Police Or Appear In Court On Criminal Matters

Regional Review Of Residential Child Care Services

In 2007 the Children Matter Taskforce commissioned a regional review of residential childcare.  The aim was to review the strategic direction of residential child care services as outlined in the 2000 Children Matter document and to produce a strategy for reform in residential child care services.
The review was completed in December 2008 and proposes the development of a range of policy and practice initiatives designed to improve the quality and standard of residential child care services and ultimately the care experience.
The Department has considered the review and have decided to take the recommendations of the review forward through the establishment of a Reform Implementation Team (RIT) workstream and the circulation of draft policies and guidelines for practice for consultation and comment.
The draft policies currently being circulated for consultation are:
View the draft policies.