The Northern Ireland Executive established the Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse, which investigated abuse of children under 18 who were living in an institution* in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995.

Public Consultation

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
  • Redress Board, which would administer payments of financial compensation
  • Compensation scheme

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 via the following link: HIA 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 is continuing to engage with stakeholders over the course of the consultation period.

Email: or
Telephone HIA Implementation Branch on: 028 9052 3250

Details of further engagement events will be made available on the HIA consultation page.

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.

Eligibility criteria

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.

Contact us

If you have any queries you can contact the HIA Implementation Branch.

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