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The only thing that makes sense of the loss of your loved one is that maybe lessons will be learned and the same thing will not happen to someone else.

- Andy McCulloch, father of Colette McCulloch 

Public and private bodies have a duty to keep us safe from harm and protect our lives, but every year hundreds of people die preventable state related deaths 

These include deaths of people in police and prison custody, mental health settings and following disasters including at Grenfell and Hillsborough. 

In response, the public and bereaved families need transparency, accountability and action, so that changes are made to protect us and our families and prevent future deaths. 

Hundreds of vital recommendations are made following inquests and inquiries. Yet there is no system in place to oversee them or ensure changes are made.  

Potentially life-saving recommendations are too often forgotten, dismissed or simply not implemented. This leads to yet more preventable deaths and harms. 

INQUEST is calling for a National Oversight Mechanism: A new independent public body responsible for collating, analysing and following-up on recommendations arising from inquests, inquiries, official reviews and investigations into state-related deaths. 

WHY IS CHANGE NEEDED NOW? 

The current lack of transparency, responsibility and accountability for recommendations has serious implications for bereaved families. It also undermines public trust in the UK’s investigatory framework and has a significant human and financial cost. 

WHAT WOULD A NATIONAL OVERSIGHT MECHANISM DO? 

  • Collate recommendations and public bodies’ responses in a new database 
  • Analyse responses from public bodies & issue reports
  • Follow up on progress, escalate concerns & share thematic findings 

TAKE ACTION 

72 people passed away and we can't bring our loved ones back. The impact it's had on our families and our community could have been prevented. We can't change that now, but we can change the lives of those we've lost to count, for their deaths not to have been in vain. There has to be change. We have to learn from this.

- Hanan Wahabi, Grenfell Tower fire survivor, whose brother and his family died in the fire 

THE CAMPAIGN IS SUPPORTED BY: 

4Front
Appeal
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
Article 39
Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID)
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BiD)
Birth Companions
Black Equity Organisation
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
Centre for Mental Health
Centre for Military Justice
Children’s Rights Alliance for England
Criminal Justice Alliance
Claddag
Clinks
Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice
Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation
Disability Rights UK
End Our Cladding Scandal 
Epilepsy Action
Flavasum Trust
The Gemini Project
Grenfell United
Hillsborough Law Now Campaign
Howard League for Penal Reform
Hundred Families
JENGbA - Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)
Just for Kids Law
Justice4Grenfell
Justice For Gaia
The Justice Gap
JUSTICE
Learning Disability England
LIBERTY
Maslaha
Medical Justice
Mind
Netpol
Pact
Papyrus
Prison Reform Trust
Prisoners’ Advice Service
Release
Rethink
Rights & Security International
Rights of Women
RMT
Runnymede Trust
SOS Silence of Suicide
Southall Black Sisters
Statewatch
StopWatch
Suicide&Co
Tainted Blood
The Traveller Movement
United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC)
UNJUST
Zahid Mubarek Trust


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