Historical Institutional Abuse



Judge to be appointed to lead historical institutional abuse redress scheme by Friday

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.

Published 12 November 2019

Court of Appeal: Executive Office can set up ex gratia redress scheme for historical abuse victims

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has found that the Executive Office can exercise the prerogative power to set up an ex gratia redress scheme for the victims of historical institutional abuse, and that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland should consider giving a direction to the Executive Office under section 26 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Published 5 November 2019

Lords to debate redress for victims of historical institutional abuse

Legislation to establish a redress scheme for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland will be debated in the House of Lords today.

Published 28 October 2019

Lord Chief Justice hits out at 'shocking' delay to redress for victims of historical institutional abuse

The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan, has hit out at the "shocking" lack of progress on redress for victims of historical institutional abuse.

Published 6 September 2019

Interim advocate for abuse suvivors seeks meeting with Julian Smith over prorogation fears

The interim advocate for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse has sought a meeting with Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith over fears that the prorogation of Parliament will set back legislation for redress.

Published 30 August 2019

Brendan McAllister takes up position as interim advocate for victims of historical institutional abuse

Brendan McAllister has taken up his position as interim advocate for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse.

Published 12 August 2019

New Northern Ireland Secretary pressed on historical institutional abuse compensation

The new Northern Ireland Secretary, Julian Smith, has been urged to introduce legislation to compensate victims of historical institutional abuse.

Published 26 July 2019

Amnesty welcomes MPs' support for historical child abuse compensation

Amnesty International has welcomed a recommendation from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that compensation for victims of Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) should progress as quickly as possible through Parliament.

Published 11 July 2019

Bradley rejects Westminster path for historical institutional abuse redress legislation

Legislation to establish a redress scheme for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland will not be progressed through Westminster, Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has said.

Published 15 May 2019

Top civil servant calls for Westminster legislation on historical institutional abuse redress

The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service has written to Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley to ask her to progress legislation to provide redress for survivors of institutional childhood abuse.

Published 14 May 2019