Minister Katherine Zappone opened the inaugural meeting of the Collaborative Forum to facilitate dialogue and action on issues of concern to former residents of Mother and Baby Homes in Government Buildings on 26th July 2018.
The purpose of the Collaborative Forum is to build upon the process of engagement and consultation with former residents commenced through the facilitated meetings hosted by Minister Zappone in June and October 2017.
The Forum will enable former residents to identify, discuss and prioritise the issues of concern to them. It will facilitate the active participation of former residents in recommending actions and solutions to address their concerns, including those issues raised in the reports of the facilitated meetings.
The Forum consists of 20 representative members including a Chairperson appointed by the Minister.
Three sub-committees, each with a unique focus, will be tasked with examining specific issues on a modular basis to facilitate the Forum in making recommendations to the Minister. In addition to its members, the Forum may nominate additional persons to sit on these sub-committees.
The Minister has asked the Forum to provide its first report and recommendations within 6 months of its establishment. The Minister will then seek the support of her government colleagues to address these issues.