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The Commission to Inquire into Child AbuseSaint Stephens Green House

The Confidential Committee

The Confidential Committee will listen to a person's experiences of abuse in institutions in total confidence. The Confidential Committee will not inform anyone or any institution that a person has made an allegation against them and will not name anyone in any report.

Each hearing is held in private with the Commissioners. The person coming to tell of his or her experiences will be given the names of the Commissioners who will hear the evidence.  He or she may bring one person into the hearing with them for support or to assist in fully describing his or her experiences.  He or she may also bring along any documentation or papers concerning his or her experiences..

The Commissioners at the hearing will record the experiences recounted. An audio recording will be made and this will be fully explained and shown. If a person objects to the audio recording, the Commissioners present will make a written record.  It is required by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act, 2000 that a record be made of all hearings. No copy of the record can be taken away from the hearing.

The Confidential Committee hearings are conducted in an informal atmosphere that is designed to help a person tell of his or her experiences with as little difficulty as possible.

In planning hearings, the Confidential Committee is giving priority to survivors based on their age and any special health requirement that is drawn to the attention of the Commissioners.

Update on the Work of the Confidential Committee

6th April 2006

The Confidential Committee heard evidence from the 1090th witness in March 2006. A comprehensive report of the evidence provided by the 1090 men and women who attended hearings with the Confidential Committee since 2000 is currently being prepared.

March 2003.

Update on the Work of the Confidential Committee

The Confidential Committee has heard the experiences of 746 witnesses who were in institutions as defined by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act 2000.  The Confidential Committee now has 352 witnesses left to hear.

As indicated from the outset, the Confidential Committee priorities elderly witnesses and those with health requirements.  This work has now been completed and the Committee are now arranging appointments for those witnesses who were born in the mid 1950's.

September 2003.

Update on the Work of the Confidential Committee

The Confidential Committee commenced hearings in September 2000 and has heard 866 witnesses.  189 applicants remain to be heard.

The Confidential Committee hopes to offer an appointment to each remaining applicant before the end of 2004.




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