Northern Ireland

Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: List of homes investigated

Image caption Hearings were held into 22 of the institutions - facilities run by the state, local authorities, the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, and Barnardo's

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) was established to investigate child abuse that occurred in residential institutions in Northern Ireland over a 73-year period from 1922 to 1995.

The following is a complete list of homes and institutions investigated by it:

Local authority homes

  • Lissue Hospital, Lisburn
  • Kincora Boys' Home, Belfast
  • Bawnmore Children's Home, Newtownabbey
  • Fort James and Harberton House, Londonderry

Juvenile justice institutions

  • St Patrick's Training School, Belfast
  • Lisnevin Training School, County Down
  • Rathgael Training School, Bangor
  • Hydebank Young Offenders' Centre
  • Millisle Borstal

Secular voluntary homes

  • Barnardo's Sharonmore Project, Newtownabbey
  • Barnardo's Macedon, Newtownabbey

Roman Catholic voluntary homes

  • St Joseph's Home, Termonbacca, Londonderry
  • Nazareth House Children's Home, Londonderry
  • Nazareth House Children's Home, Belfast
  • Nazareth Lodge Children's Home, Belfast
  • De La Salle Boys' Home, Rubane House, Kircubbin
  • St Joseph's Training School for Girls, Middletown, County Armagh
  • Institutions run by the Good Shepherd Sisters in Derry, Belfast and Newry

Church of Ireland

Manor House, a children's home near Lisburn

The inquiry also held public hearings into two other matters,

  • The practice of child migration, in the 1950s, where children were sent from Catholic, Protestant and local authority homes in Northern Ireland to homes in Australia.
  • Fr Brendan Smyth, a member of the Norbertine Order, who was convicted of offences relating to children in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and who was alleged to have abused children within a number of children's homes within Northern Ireland.

Seven organisations were regarded as "core participants" meaning they were expected to play a key role in assisting the inquiry.

It sought evidence and vast amounts of historical documents from:

  • Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
  • Department of Justice
  • Health and Social Care Board
  • Sisters of Nazareth
  • De La Salle
  • Barnardo's
  • Irish Church Missions

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