In the absence of a functioning Executive and without the necessary political authority 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 (COSICA)
- Redress Board, which would inter alia administer payments of financial compensation
- Compensation scheme
A public consultation on the draft legislation opened on 19 November 2018 and ran to 10 March 2019.
The consultation is now closed and no further responses will be accepted.
TEO is analysing all the consultation responses received by the closure date. A written report on the outcomes will be prepared for Ministers to consider. It is our intention to have this work completed by late April/early May 2019.
Small Grant Scheme for Social Support
In 2014 a small grant scheme was established by The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) to fund additional support service projects to victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse. The scheme was initially extended by The Executive Office (TEO) for an additional year (until March 2018), however authority to extend the scheme for a further two years has since been approved.
The aim of the scheme is to help improve the lives of victims and survivors through the provision of funding for social support activity, enabling them to maintain engagement with The Executive Office and to support each other throughout the process.
In June and October this year applications were sought from groups and organisations in Northern Ireland that exclusively support victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse.
The deadline for submitting applications has passed.
In order to be eligible for grant funding, your organisation must:
- be legally able to operate in Northern Ireland;
- be independent and have a constitution or set of rules defining their aims, objectives and operational procedures;
- established for charitable purposes (be registered with the Charities Commission for Northern Ireland and have a registered charity number, or be in the process of registering);
- have a suitable management structure and appropriate financial controls;
- have principles of operation which accord with legislation on employment, health and safety, racial, religious, age, political, sexual and disability discrimination for employees and volunteers; and
- demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities.
- demonstrate an understanding of and adherence to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force on 25 May 2018.
If you have any queries you can contact the HIA Implementation Branch.