Independent Review into Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody 2017

Chaired by Dame Elish Angiolini, this is the first and only review of policing practices and related processes following police related deaths. It makes over 100 evidence based recommendations such as non-means tested legal representation for bereaved families and stronger systems of accountability for the police.

  • INQUEST Policy Briefing May 2017

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  • INQUEST Family Listening Day Report May 2017

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  • INQUEST Response to Consultation (Summary) June 2016

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Bishop's Review of Hillsborough Families' Experience 2017

Chaired by Right Reverend James Jones, this report provides an insight into what the bereaved Hillsborough families experienced over 28 years. It makes a number of strong recommendations on the response of public bodies to state related deaths, and the involvement of bereaved families in these processes.  

  • INQUEST Submission April 2017

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  • INQUEST Family Listening Day Report April 2017

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Mental Health and Deaths in Prison Inquiry 2017

This Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry evaluates the impact of prison on vulnerable offenders with mental health conditions and/or learning difficulties and discusses how to ensure that lessons about preventing deaths in custody are effectively practiced.

  • INQUEST Written Evidence March 2017
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  • INQUEST Oral Evidence by Director Deborah Coles March 2017
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  • Oral Evidence by Families of Dean Saunders and Diane Waplington, Supported by INQUEST March 2017
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Expectations for Police Custody 2016

HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report which sets out the framework and criteria used by the inspectorates to assess police custody arrangements and the outcomes for those detained.

  • INQUEST Response to the Consultation December 2016
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Young Adult Offenders Inquiry 2015

Justice Select Committee review into the treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system covering the Ministry of Justice, National Offender Management Service, Youth Justice Board, youth offending teams, providers of prison and probation services, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Sentencing Council.

  • INQUEST Submission September 2015
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Lord Lamming Review into Keeping Children in Care out of Trouble 2015

Prison Reform Trust review examining the reasons for, and how best to tackle, the over representation of children in care, or with experience of care, in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.

  • INQUEST Submission August 2015
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Plans for Secure College Rules Consultation 2014

Ministry of Justice Review intending 'to set out the core parameters within which Secure Colleges will be required to operate to ensure that young people are detained safely and securely, and that their educational and rehabilitative needs are addressed'.

  • INQUEST Submission November 2014
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Lord Harris Review into Self-Inflicted Deaths in Custody of 18-24 Year Olds 2014

Chaired by Lord Toby Harris, the review examines self-inflicted deaths since 1 April 2007, whether appropriate lessons have been learned from those deaths and if not, what actions should be taken to prevent further deaths.

  • INQUEST Submission September 2014
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Policing and Mental Health 2014

Home Affairs Committee inquiry investigates what can be done to improve the use of police and mental healthcare resources, and reduce the number of people with mental health problems who find themselves in a police cell when they should be in a hospital.

  • INQUEST Submission May 2014
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Preventing the Deaths of Women in Prison 2014

This report by INQUEST highlights the failure of the government to ensure fundamental changes to policy and practice following the Corston review and the inability of the prison estate to learn from previous investigations and inquests. 

  • INQUEST Report January 2014
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The Deaths of Children and Young People in Custody: The Need for an Independent Review 2014 

This INQUEST report asks for an independent review of deaths of children and young people in custody to ensure transparent scrutiny on the issue following the continuing high number of deaths. 

  • INQUEST Report January 2014
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Transforming Management of Young Adults in Custody 2013

Ministry of Justice consultation proposing that all young adults will be accommodated in mixed institutions, where resources are targeted on their risks and rehabilitation and resettlement needs.

  • INQUEST Response December 2013
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Police Procedures in Dealing with Mental Health Issues 2013

Backbench Business Committee Briefing for debate in Westminster Hall on 28 November 2013.

  • INQUEST Briefing November 2013
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Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing 2013

Chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, the aim of this commission is review the work of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) with regard to people who have died or been seriously injured following police contact or in police custody and to make recommendations to inform MPS conduct, response and actions where mental health is, or is perceived to be, a key issue.

  • INQUEST Briefing April 2013
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Getting it Right for Victims and Witnesses 2012

This consultation, led by the Ministry of Justice, seeks responses on a set of reforms proposing to deliver 'a more intelligent and coherent service for victims of crime'. 

  • INQUEST Submission April 2012
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Inquiry into Youth Justice 2012-2013

This Justice Select Committee Inquiry into the youth justice system in England and Wales examines wide-ranging issues including; the role of the youth justice system in diverting at-risk young people away from first time offending; governance of the youth justice system; and the extent to which the system is able to meet the needs of all offenders.

  • INQUEST Submission April 2012
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Justice and Security Green Paper 2012

The Justice and Security Green paper contains the Government's proposals to change the way in which "sensitive information" (which includes but is not confined to intelligence information) is treated in civil proceedings.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry explores its compatibility with the common law rights to a fair hearing and to open justice and with the UK's international human rights obligations.

  • INQUEST and INQUEST Lawyers Additional Evidence March 2012
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  • INQUEST and INQUEST Lawyers Submission January 2012
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  • INQUEST and INQUEST Lawyers Response January 2012
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Independent Police Complaints Commission Stock Take Consultation 'Building on Experiences' 2008

The report checks how well the system is delivering against the original aspirations, whether those aspirations are still appropriate in the current environment and to continue to improve the system based on evidence and learning from the last four years operation.

  • INQUEST Response October 2008
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Review of Restraint in Secure Training Centres Inquiry 2007

This Independent review is chaired by Peter Smallridge and Andrew Williamson for the Ministry of Justice & Department for Children, Schools and Families. It examines and makes recommendations on the use of restraint in juvenile settings.

  • INQUEST Submission December 2007
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The Use of Restraint in Secure Training Centres Inquiry 2007

The Joint Committee on Human Right considers the compatibility of The Secure Training Centre (Amendment) Rules with the UK’s human rights obligations. The rules widened the scope for restraint against detained children and young people in Secure Training Centres and came into force in July 2007 without parliamentary debate.

  • INQUEST Evidence October 2007
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Statutory Instrument (SI 2007, No 1709) Use of Force within Secure Training Centres 2007

Ministry of Justice proposal to broaden the circumstances in which children can be forcibly restrained by amending the rules governing the use of force within Secure Training Centres (STCs).

  • INQUEST Briefing June 2007
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Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 1998

This inquiry focuses on the deaths of black and minority ethnic people in custody. INQUEST's submission examines the main issues around Stephen's death and looks at the investigative process, policy development and racially-motivated crimes.

  • INQUEST Submission 1998
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Prison Inspectorate's Thematic Review on Suicides and Self-Harm in Prison 1999

This thematic review, by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales, explores how to best assist and support; prisoners who may be at risk of self-harm and suicide; the next of kin of prisoners who appear to have committed suicide; and staff and prisoners affected by the above.

  • INQUEST Submission 1998
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