The main rules of the scheme
10.A person who makes an application for redress must establish four matters to the satisfaction of the Board in order to qualify for an award:
(i)His or her identity;
(ii)His or her residence during childhood (i.e. while under the age of 18 years) in an institution listed in the schedule to the Act;
(iii)He or she was abused while so resident and suffered injury, and
(iv)That injury is consistent with any abuse that is alleged to have occurred while so resident.
Proof of identity
11.An applicant for redress must provide the Board with evidence of his or her identity. For this purpose the Board will normally require an applicant to provide it with the original or a solicitor's certified copy of any two of the following documents:
Social welfare card or other document;
A recent electricity, gas or other utilities bill, or
Any other official document vouching identity.
An applicant’s identity may also be established by the oral evidence of a responsible person. Where an application is made on behalf of a person who has died since 11 May 1999, the spouse or children of the deceased person may give oral evidence of his or her identity.
The meaning of “abuse”
12.The Act provides that “abuse” of a child means –
(a)the wilful, reckless or negligent infliction of physical injury on, or failure to prevent such injury to, the child;
(b)the use of the child by a person for sexual arousal or sexual gratification of that person or another person;
(c)failure to care for the child which results in serious impairment of the physical or mental health or development of the child or serious adverse effects on his or her behaviour or welfare, or
(d)any other act or omission towards the child which results in serious impairment of the physical or mental health or development of the child or serious adverse effects on his or her behaviour or welfare.
The following are some particular examples of abuse for which redress may be payable:
TYPE OF ABUSE