Preventing deaths in detention of adults with mental health conditions
In 2015, the Commission published a report of our inquiry into non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions in prisons, police custody and psychiatric hospitals in the years 2010-13. Our analysis of the evidence showed that basic errors were being repeatedly made, and we developed a series of recommendations for relevant agencies in order to improve the situation. This progress review assesses whether steps have been taken to implement these recommendations and prevent further avoidable deaths.
- Dial House Crisis Centre Leeds
- Dyfed Powys Police street triage
- Dorset street triage and liaison and diversion team
Photo courtesy of BSIP, Laurent/Science Photo Library
Quote on photo: "Failure to make progress in reducing the number of avoidable deaths (in detention) is a national stain that we should no longer tolerate in modern civilised society" Professor Swaran Singh EHRC Commissioner
Interview with Norman Lamb
Norman Lamb MP, Ex Minister of State for Care and Support and Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Health, speaks about the fact that too many people with mental health conditions are dying in detention.
Help and support
INQUEST provide free advice to people bereaved by a death in custody and detention.
IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales.
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) carry out independent investigations into deaths and complaints in custody.
If you would like further information about our Inquiry please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org