The Victims and Survivors Unit works to raise awareness of, and co-ordinate activity on, issues affecting victims and survivors of our troubled past across the devolved administration and throughout Northern Ireland in general.

The Victims and Survivors Unit works to raise awareness of, and co-ordinate activity on, issues affecting victims and survivors of our troubled past across the devolved administration and throughout Northern Ireland in general.

Our aim

To ensure that the rights and needs of victims and survivors are given a high priority.

The unit has oversight responsibility for the Commission for Victims and Survivors and the Victims and Survivors Service.

Commission for Victims and Survivors

The Commission for Victims and Survivors was established to address the needs of all victims and survivors by ensuring excellent service provision, acknowledging the legacy of the past and building for a better future.  The principal aim of the Commission is to promote the interests of victims and survivors.  The Commission is responsible for providing advice to Government on matters affecting victims and survivors.

The Commission is accountable to the Executive Office in terms of its procedures, activities, and financial responsibilities.

For more information please visit the Commission for Victims and Survivors website.

Victims and Survivors Service

The Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) is the delivery body for the Strategy for Victims and Survivors (2009).The VSS was established to consolidate the provision of support and funding for victims and survivors.  The aim of the VSS is to coordinate service delivery and funding to meet the needs of individual victims and survivors, ensuring that these services are provided at the appropriate standard.  VSS delivers funding to individuals and organisations through two main programmes – the Individual Needs Programme (INP) and the Victims Support Programme (VSP).

The VSS is accountable to the Executive Office in terms of its procedures, activities, and financial responsibilities.

For more information please visit the Victims and Survivors Service website.

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Victims Unit

Recruitment of Victims and Survivors Service Board Chair and Members

The Executive Office have launched a public appointment competition for a new Chair and  Board Members for the Victims and Survivors Service.

For more detailed information and how to apply, please visit the Northern Ireland Civil Service Recruitment Webpage.

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089,
The Metro Building,
6-9 Donegall Square South,
Belfast, BT1 9EW.

Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.
Email: recruitment@hrconnect.nigov.net
Public Appointment Vacancies

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