Historical Institutional Abuse consultation

Consultation opened on 19 November 2018. Closing date 10 February 2019 at 23:59.


The Executive Office is seeking your views on the draft legislation required to implement a number of the recommendations in the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry Report (the Hart Report). The consultation paper and the draft legislation is provided on this page.


Consultation description

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Report was published in January 2017, shortly before the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive.  Preparatory work around those recommendations in the HIA Inquiry Report which require a statutory foundation has been completed and a public consultation has now been launched on the following draft legislation:

  • a Bill for a Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA);
  • a Bill for an HIA Redress Board; and
  • subordinate legislation dealing with the detail of compensation proposals.

Views are being sought on the draft legislation and associated documents. TEO is consulting on draft legislation so that proposals for the final legislation can be put to Ministers for consideration. In finalising the legislation, TEO will take full account of the comments it receives during the consultation period. 

TEO will also be engaging with stakeholders over the course of the consultation period. Details of the information sessions are:

  • Canal Court Hotel, Newry between 4.00 - 6.00pm on Tuesday 22 January 2019
  • Lodge Hotel, Coleraine between 4.00 - 6.00pm on Thursday 24 January 2019
  • Fermanagh House, Enniskillen between 4.00 - 6.00pm on Tuesday 29 January 2019

To register for one of these events:

Email: HIAConsultation@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk or
Telephone HIA Implementation Branch on: 028 9052 3250

In preparing the draft legislation, the Executive Office in compliance with its statutory duties, has completed Equality Impact Screenings and Rural Impact Assessments for each draft Bill. These can be accessed via the following link: HIA Equality Impact Screenings and Rural Impact Assessments

Ways to respond

Email -
Write to -
Historical Institutional Abuse Implementation Team
The Executive Office
Room E4.21
Castle Buildings
Belfast, BT4 3SR
Northern Ireland

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