Public Appointment Competition launched for the Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA)

Date published: 09 June 2020

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill today launched the public appointment competition for the Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA).


First Minister Arlene Foster said: “This is another important day for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse. The Commissioner, when appointed, will have a statutory duty to promote the interests of any person who suffered abuse as a child while resident in an institution at some time between 1922 and 1995.”

The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019 made statutory provision for the Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA) to be established.

Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill said: “It is of the utmost importance that the needs and concerns of victims and survivors are met and that their voices are clearly heard and the appointment of COSICA will ensure this happens. This is a high profile and crucial appointment and I would encourage all those meeting the selection criteria to apply.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The public appointment process is being carried out under the principles of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland (CPANI) Code of Practice.
  2. For more detailed information and how to apply, please visit:

    Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

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

    Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.
  3. The COSICA position will be full time and receive remuneration equivalent to the entry point of the Senior Civil Service (SCS) Grade 5 scale (£71,932) which will be will be subject to review annually in line with the overall value of the annual SCS pay award on the basis of satisfactory performance.
  4. The appointment will be for a period of 5 years and the person will be eligible for reappointment for one further term.
  5. Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the community.  Women, younger people, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented in public appointments. Applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome.
  6. The First Minister and deputy First Minister announced in March that the Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board opened for applications:
  7. Media enquiries to the TEO Press Office at:
  8. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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