The Northern Ireland Executive set up an inquiry and investigation into historical institutional abuse. The inquiry covered abuse of children under 18 who lived in children’s homes, borstals, training schools, juvenile justice centres, hospitals and orphanages between 1922 and 1995 in Northern Ireland. The investigation reviewed 22 institutions but noted there were further organisations identified. The report was published on 20 January 2017. The Inquiry found that abuse was ‘widespread’ within various institutions.
Redress Board and compensation scheme
The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Redress Board in Northern Ireland has been set up to receive and process applications for compensation and to make awards of compensation to those who have been abused within the HIA Inquiry Terms of Reference.
The compensation scheme run by HIA Redress Board in Northern Ireland is open.
You may be eligible to apply for compensation if you:
- were resident in an institution (eg children’s home, borstal or training school) in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995 (both dates inclusive); and
- suffered or witnessed abuse, or were subject to a harsh environment.
You may also be eligible to apply if you were sent to Australia from Northern Ireland under the Child Migrant Programme.
You can also apply on behalf of someone who died on or after 28 April 1953 if you are the deceased person’s surviving:
- civil partner
- cohabiting partner
We encourage anyone who wishes to discuss the scheme or has concerns about sexual abuse to contact the abuse team using the contact buttons on this page. We can advise and assist you with an application to the Northern Ireland Redress Scheme at no cost to you.