The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

“Welcome to the website of the Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995. The Inquiry is independent from government and has two main components. One is the Acknowledgement Forum, whose task it will be to listen to the experiences of those who were children in residential institutions (other than schools) in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995.

The other component is the Statutory Inquiry. This is investigating whether children suffered abuse in the same institutions between 1922 and 1995, and has been gathering evidence from those who say they suffered abuse in those institutions, as well as evidence from the institutions themselves, and evidence from government and other public bodies such as health and social care trusts. The Statutory Inquiry component hopes to start its public hearings in January 2014.

I want to assure all those who may be affected by both components of the Inquiry that we will do everything within our power to carry out our tasks in a thorough, rigorous, impartial and sensitive manner without any unavoidable delay, and as we develop our procedures and our work progresses, and as the public hearings take place, we will make more information available on this website, including daily transcripts of the evidence given at the public hearings."

Sir Anthony Hart


November 2013