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.