LOCKDOWN 3: JANUARY 2021
WillisPalmer is continuing to provide our expert social work and psychological services during lockdown. We are utilising technology alongside safe working practices in line with government guidance to enable us to continue supporting vulnerable children and families.

Call 01206 878178 to discuss your requirements.
Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Northern Ireland Redress Scheme operational last year

Northern Ireland introduced a national redress scheme for survivors of historical child sexual abuse in 2019 through the introduction of The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019.

The Act followed The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry https://www.hiainquiry.org/ which closed in June 2017 after 223 days of hearings. The Inquiry investigated 22 institutions in Northern Ireland, the circumstances surrounding the sending of child migrants from Northern Ireland to Australia and the activities of the late Father Brendan Smyth.

The inquiry covered the 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.

In the final report, the inquiry made a number of recommendations including service provision and specialist care for people who had been abused, a statutory commissioner for survivors of institutional childhood abuse, annual grant funding for the Child Migrants Trust and financial compensation to be administered by a redress board.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2019/31/contents/enacted provides the legal framework for the establishment of the Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board.

“The Redress Board is responsible for receiving and processing applications for compensation from those who experienced abuse in residential institutions in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995,” the Board states.

A three-person panel consider applications submitted by paper. The panel consists of a judicial member, who chairs the panel, and two non-judicial members from a health and social care background.

The Redress Board is a ‘body corporate’ and operates independently from the Department of Justice and the Executive Office although TEO carries out the administration functions of the board.

On 15 November 2019, the Honourable Mr Justice Colton was appointed as President elect and the Redress Board was established on 31 March 2020. On 8 January 2021, the Lord Chief Justice announced that the Honourable Mr Justice Huddleston had been appointed as President and would take up the role with immediate effect.

The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019 sets out the amounts of compensation that the Redress Board can award which are:

- A standard award payment of £10,000 only;

- An enhanced award payment of between £10,001 and £80,000; and

- An amount of £20,000 if the application is made by or in respect of a person who was sent to Australia under the Child Migrant Programme.

Victims and survivors can apply for redress if they suffered abuse while a child and resident in an institution in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995 and/or were sent to Australia under the Child Migrant Programme.

Individuals can apply on behalf of someone who died on, or after, 28 April 1953 if they are the deceased persons surviving spouse, civil partner, cohabiting partner or surviving child.

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announced the appointment of Fiona Ryan as Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse in October 2020 and she took up the five-year post on 14 December.

The main aim of the COSICA in exercising functions under the Act is to promote the interests of any person who suffered abuse while a child and while resident in an institution at some time between 1922 and 1995.

Fiona Ryan was previously the Chief Executive of Sonas Domestic Violence Charity, the largest provider of frontline support services to women and child victims of domestic abuse in Ireland.

In October, the deputy first minister also confirmed that 579 applications to the redress board for payments had been made since it opened in March. Last month, speaking for the first time since taking up the role, Fiona Ryan confirmed that more than £5m had been paid out to applicants since March.

Interim Victims' Advocate Brendan McAllister came under fire last year when a monthly newsletter was sent out without the names of victims of abuse being anonymised. Some of the individuals whose identities were revealed had been part of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry and had chosen to remain anonymous. The email was signed by a staff member but sent on behalf of Interim Victims' Advocate Brendan McAllister, who apologised for the breach and said steps were being taken to investigate how it occurred.


Make an enquiry

A multi-disciplinary organisation providing independent, high quality social work and psychological services. Contact us with your requirements and speak to a member of our team who will help you today.
Make an Enquiry

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Practice guidelines to accompany legislative changes on siblings in care

18/04/2021

CELCIS is seeking views to feed into practice guidelines which will accompany some legislative changes to uphold the rights and meet the needs of brothers and sisters with care experience.

Changes are being made to Section 13 of the Children (Scotland) 2020 Act, and the Looked After Children (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 and most of these [...]

Read Full Story

Working households no guarantee for lifting families out of poverty

18/04/2021

Having an adult in the household in paid work is not sufficient to raise some families out of child poverty in Scotland, official statistics have shown.

While the risk of poverty is much lower for children where someone in the household is in paid work compared to those in workless households, not all work pays enough [...]

Read Full Story

£280 million boost for SEND provision

15/04/2021

The government has announced £280 million funding for special educational needs and disabilities provision.

The funding will be allocated to local authorities to enable them to create new places in early years settings, schools, academies and colleges. The funding can be used to contribute to the cost of creating a whole new special school, or by [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram