Public Consultation Announcement - Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

The Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse officially fulfilled its Terms of Reference on 30 June 2017. In its report, the inquiry has made recommendations regarding:

  • an apology

  • a memorial

  • additional service provision/specialist care and help for those who were abused

  • a statutory Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA)

  • financial compensation to be administered by a Redress Board

  • annual grant funding for the Child Migrants Trust

To read the final report and recommendations, go to:

Historical institutional abuse inquiry

Next steps

In the absence of a functioning Executive and without the necessary political authority, the report’s recommendations cannot be put in place yet. In the meantime, the Executive Office (TEO) has been taking forward preparatory work and has drafted legislation on the basis of the recommendations made in the HIA Inquiry’s report with regard to the establishment of a:

  • Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse

  • Redress Board, which would administer payments of financial compensation

  • compensation scheme

Public consultation

TEO are conducting a public consultation on the draft legislation. The consultation is now open and will run for a 12-week period until 10 February 2019. More information and details on how to respond are available at: Historical Institutional Abuse Consultation

This consultation is being fully publicised online, in the press and on social media and will afford victims and survivors, and the wider public, the opportunity to provide feedback on the legislative proposals.

TEO will also be engaging with stakeholders over the course of the consultation period. Details of the first of the information sessions are:

Clayton Hotel, Belfast from 4.00 pm until 6.00 pm on 4 December 2018

Maldron Hotel, Derry from 4.00 pm until 6.00 pm on 5 December 2018

To register for one of these events email:

or telephone: 028 9052 3250 (HIA Implementation Branch)

Details of further engagement events will be available at HIA Consultation

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