Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI)

The establishment of a panel of experts to undertake short-term work relating to the Historical Institutional Child Abuse Inquiry. This post is open to all those who meet the required criteria.

Role of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI)

The NI Executive’s Inquiry and Investigation into historical institutional abuse will examine if there were systemic failings by institutions or the state in their duties towards those children in their care between the years of 1922-1995. The public expectation in relation to inquiries is well established and the provision of reliable and prompt information will be critical to the smooth running of the HIAI and thus avoid disruption to its overall timetable for completion.
The HIAI is independent from government and has two main components. One is the Acknowledgement Forum, with four panel members whose task will be to listen and note 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 investigative part of the HIAI, which will investigate the way in which children were treated in such institutions during those dates. The HIAI has moved to the next stage of its work, and is starting to examine a large volume of material provided to the HIAI at its request by a number of institutions.


The HIAI has served the Department with a Notice under Section 9 of the Historical Institutional Abuse Act (Northern Ireland) 2013 and requires the Department to provide the HIAI with records relevant to the work of the HIAI.
This will require the examination of a large number of documents by individuals with sufficient knowledge, expertise and experience to determine whether the content satisfies the criteria set by the HIAI Team or falls within the categories of information identified by the HIAI Team. It should be noted that the criteria may evolve as the Inquiry progresses.


To facilitate the examination of records, individuals with an expertise and knowledge in the field of Child Care / Protection, in particular of children in care in both the voluntary and/or statutory sectors will be required.
It is proposed to establish a panel of experts with relevant social work experience, knowledge and expertise. Applicants should not be currently employed by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety nor with its Arms Length Bodies, although applications will be accepted from former public servants, who have the required knowledge and expertise. Recruitment will be on the basis of staff substitution. Each individual recruited to the team will receive a Direct Award Contract.
Each panel member will be responsible for the examination of Departmental records and will make professional decisions about the relevance of those records to the HIA Inquiry.  
The panel will be supported by an administrative team supplied from within the Department. The Department will also be responsible for management and governance arrangements.


It is essential for the Department to comply, by the 30 September 2013, with the Section 9 Notice served on it by the HIAI which requests any documentation that the Department holds or can obtain for all institutions within the terms of reference of the HIAI in relation to:
  • allegations of complaint or abuse
  • investigations
  • responsibility for oversight
  • claims, criminal or court proceedings
  • reports, financial records, log and inspection books
  • feeding, clothing and medical records and
  • policies and procedures
We would therefore expect the panel of experts to have the review of records completed by 20 September 2013.


You will be paid at a rate of £400.001 per day. You will invoice the Department accordingly. Invoices will be submitted to the Department on completion of the contracted work.

Time Commitment

The number of days contracted will be unique to each individual. Individuals will be expected to be available to undertake a minimum of 10 days work during August and September 2013.

Expressions of Interest

If you would like to express an interest in undertaking this work, please submit a CV outlining your relevant work experience and an indication of your availability during August and September to:
Máire Redmond
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)
Room A3.5
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast BT4 3SQ
Telephone: (028) 90 5 20675    
Fax: (028) 90 5 28403    
Textphone: (028) 90 5 28623    
CVs must be received at the above address on or before 12.00 noon on 05 August 2013. Applications received after the closing date and time will not be accepted by the Department.
Interviews will not be held for these short term posts; applications will be sifted based on the following eligibility criteria.

Essential Criteria

Have a professional qualification in social work recognised by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC),
Have at least 8 years post professional qualification experience of which 5 years must have been gained in the delivery of social work or social care services in the field of Children’s Services2.

Desirable Criteria

Have a substantial knowledge and expertise of health and social care systems in Northern Ireland and in particular, knowledge and expertise of services provided to children in care in both the voluntary and / or statutory sectors during the period of the Inquiry.
  • As this is not a competence based assessment we are seeking the submission of a CV
  • It is not sufficient to simply list your duties and responsibilities
  • You should ensure that you provide evidence in your CV of the nature and duration of experience supported by ‘from’ and ‘to’ dates where appropriate and evidence of relevant knowledge and expertise
Information Notice of this opportunity can be provided in other formats and applicants who require assistance will be facilitated on request.  
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is committed to the principles of appointments based on merit with openness and transparency of process.
The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants. Expressions of interest are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.  

1Based on an eight (8) hour day
2This could include practitioners, managers, inspectors, researchers, academics or regulators

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