A message from the Panel

Welcome to the official website of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on Deaths in Custody, part of the Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody. The IAP plays an important role in helping to shape government policy in this area through the provision of independent advice and expertise to the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody.

We hope that you find this website useful and we look forward to receiving your views and input about our work. Thank you for taking the time to visit the site.

Latest news

  • PMB - Mental Health and Use of Force


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  • Keeping Safe - Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm in Custody

    This report is the culmination of the IAP’s collaboration with Inside Time, Prison Radio and the Samaritans to reach out and listen to those in custody and seek their ideas for keeping people safe. The IAP received testimony from 150 men in over 60 prisons, and this report summarises their ideas on how best to minimise suicide and self-harm in prison.

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  • Preventing the deaths of women in prison - update

    A slightly updated version (v0.3) of this report has been published. The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody conducted a rapid expert information gathering exercise following the self-inflicted deaths of 12 women in prison in 2016 in order to advise Ministers and operational leaders and reduce the risk of further tragic deaths. The update refers to an additional recommendation being added to the 'Transfer of information' section.

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