Public Appointment - The Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (COSICA)
The public appointment competition launched today and closes at 12:00 noon on Friday 3rd July 2020.
The Commissioner will be responsible for promoting the interests of any person who suffered abuse while a child and while resident in an institution at some time between 1922 and 1995. This is a statutory appointment under the Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019.
For more detailed information and how to apply, please go to NICS Recruitment.
Key Dates and Developments So Far
20 January 2017: Sir Anthony Hart’s Report into Historical Institutional Abuse published.
26 January 2017: NI Executive collapsed which prevented implementation of the Hart Recommendations.
Early 2018: David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, directed The Executive Office to develop draft legislation.
19 November 2018-10 March 2019: Public consultation sought the views of survivors and wider public on the draft legislative proposals. 562 formal responses were received.
13 May 2019: Report on public consultation findings published.
2 May 2019: Head of the Civil Service asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (SOSNI) to take the legislation through Westminster.
11 June 2019: Northern Ireland political party leaders wrote to SOSNI, recommending that a Historical Institutional Abuse Bill should be brought through Parliament at the earliest opportunity.
2 July 2019: Head of the Civil Service appointed Brendan McAllister as Interim Advocate for survivors of historical institutional abuse.
5 July 2019: The Interim Advocate advised that more scope should be given to the Redress Board to issue interim payments.
5 November 2019: The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019 became law.
15 November 2019: The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland announced that he intended to appoint Mr Justice Colton as President of the Redress Board.
25 November 2019: Head of the Civil Service wrote to a number of religious institutions and organisations reminding them that the HIA Inquiry had recommended that they should be asked to make a financial contribution to the overall financial cost of the Redress Board and specialist support services.
17 December 2019: Head of the Civil Service announced a timetable for the Redress Board.
18 December 2019: Mr Justice Colton met with victim activists to invite their views and expectations and to outline his approach to redress.
February 2020: The HIA Interim Advocate, The Executive Office and The Redress Board staff have engaged in a series of public information meetings with the victims and survivors sector to seek their views in relation to proposed proposals around the HIA Redress process.
31 March 2020: The HIA Redress Scheme is officially launched.