Every household in Northern Ireland is to receive a leaflet outlining the support, services, and compensation available for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse. The leaflet, which will be distributed from this week, is the latest phase of an awareness campaign which started in Ma
Historical Institutional Abuse
A new campaign is seeking to raise awareness of the support, services and redress available for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland. From this week, advertisements will be running in regional and local newspapers and on social media platforms to ensure victims
Mr Justice Stephen Fowler has been appointed as president of the Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board. The High Court judge yesterday took on the role from Mr Justice Ian Huddleston, who was appointed to the role just last year.
A review of the redress process for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland has commenced. The review was launched after the Northern Ireland Assembly passed a motion in July recognising "the discontent of victims" with the process, which was launched in March 202
No prosecutions followed the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry despite 190 complaints of criminal activity being passed to the PSNI and 77 files being passed to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS). The figures were revealed yesterday in the first of a new series of online events organise
Belfast firm Phoenix Law has announced the appointment of Elaine Conlon to lead its redress team. The redress team is responsible for the representation of victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse and their applications to the HIA Redress Board for compensation.
Fiona Ryan has been appointed as Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA) for a five-year term beginning in December. The establishment of the new independent office fulfils one of the recommendations of the inquiry chaired by the late Sir Anthony Hart, which was publishe
Controversial legislation which would have sealed abuse records for at least 75 years has been postponed pending a re-examination, according to reports. The Retention of Records Bill 2019 would seal all records currently contained in the archives of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (C
Former police officer Judith Gillespie has been appointed for a one-year term as the new independent chair on an inter-departmental working group on Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene laundries and historical clerical child abuse. Ms Gillespie is the third person named as chair of the troubled group,
The interim advocate for victims of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland has come under renewed pressure from victims and survivors to step down after assisting in a Catholic church service. Brendan McAllister, who faced calls to quit last month following a data breach in his office, r
The interim advocate for victims of historical institutional abuse has said he will "consider his position" if he is found to be culpable for a recent data breach. The names and email addresses of 250 victims were inadvertently circulated with an email newsletter from Brendan McAllister's office las
The redress scheme for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland has opened for applications. The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act was passed in Westminster on the last day of the previous Parliament after MPs fast-tracked the law last November.
Academics and survivors of historical institutional abuse have called on the Government to withdraw legislation which would seal abuse records for at least 75 years. In a letter to The Irish Times, the group called for the "immediate withdrawal" of the Retention of Records Bill 2019 and for minister
Mr Justice Adrian Colton will be appointed as president of the new Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board, the Lord Chief Justice has announced. The redress board, established by legislation fast-tracked through Westminster before it dissolved, will be responsible for receiving and processing
A judge will be appointed to oversee the redress scheme for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland by the end of the week. David Sterling, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, met with victims and survivors yesterday to outline plans to set up the long-awa