"For years, large numbers of people have been frustrated and worried by the fact that nothing which has been learned, either good or bad, appears to have been used to prevent further [deaths]. I would have hoped the government would be leading this from the top down [but it appears to be] bubbling up from practitioners." (Lord Ramsbotham, 2012)
The charity, INQUEST have warned that the lessons learnt from previous deaths in custodies are not being heeded due to a lack of official body to enforce them. With some 189 deaths in custody being recorded in 2011, the significance of this problem remains evident.
Whilst deaths in custody were incorporated into the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007, prosecutions are often not forthcoming, for example as in the case of the death of failed asylum seeker Jimmy Mubenga in 2010.
Aims and Objectives
The themes of this conference will include:
• How lessons can be learnt to enable future prevention
• The relationship between the corporate manslaughter act and deaths in custody: legislation and cases
• Investigating deaths in custody
• Detentions under the mental health act: Issues and Risks
• Safeguarding and best practice in custody
Expert speakers in the field of Deaths in Custody will deliver presentations in topical subjects, including:
• The role of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody
• Corporate manslaughter
• Inquest law
• Article 2 ECHR
• Scientic and medical investigation from the coronial perspective
• Mental Health
• Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel
• Simon McKay, Principal at McKay Law
• Ben Brandon, Barrister at Three Raymond Buildings
• Michael Brown, author of award winning MentalHealthCop blog – www.mentalhealthcop.wordpress.com
• Professor Robert Forrest, HM Coroner for South Lincolnshire jusrisdiction
Each delegate will receive a complimentary usb flash drive containing all speaker presentations. This enables the delegate to consider the conference materials in their own time.
Who Should Attend?
This conference has been widely regarded as a “must attend” event for local authorities, government departments and police forces