Understanding the Needs of Children in Northern Ireland (UNOCINI)

Once a 'Child in Need' has been identified a UNOCINI will be commenced and this begins the assessment process.

Children/Young People subject to child protection processes will have a UNOCINI Child Protection Pathway.

Please refer to links below.


This chapter was slightly updated in December 2023.

UNOCINI Process after a Referral is made to Children's Social Services

The following diagram outlines the UNOCINI process after a referral is made to Children's Social Services:

UNOCINI process