NI HIAI legislation now in complete form

The HIAI made recommendations in their final report presented to the NI Executive in January 2017.  Shortly after the Executive collapsed over a renewable heat scheme and has not returned.  Divisions between the main parties seem as wide now as they were then and there is little prospect of an imminent return.

A proposed draft of the necessary legislation to implement the HIAI recommendations was completed towards the end of 2018 and a consultation process completed this year.  There were a number of core issues addressed by the former residents both individually and through their support groups with the main contention being an increase in the basic award or “common experience” payment levels.

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The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (‘the Lanzarote Convention’) and its incorporation into UK legislation

We have already reviewed the contents and emerging themes of IICSA’s, recently published, interim report. One particular point it made in relation to professional and political issues was the improvement that could be made by leaders in government and other institutions working with children in relation to protecting children, preventing and responding to child sexual abuse.  Continue reading