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

  • Annual Report of the United Kingdom’s National Preventive Mechanism 2016-2017

    The NPM published its eighth Annual Report, and the first from new Chair John Wadham, in February 2018.

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  • Independent Professional Advice on the Prevention of Self-Inflicted Deaths and Self-Harm at HMP Woodhill by Stephen Shaw

    In January 2017, Stephen Shaw, a former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, was commissioned to provide independent professional advice on the prevention of self-inflicted deaths and self-harm at HMP Woodhill, where there had been seven self-inflicted deaths during 2016. This followed a judicial review application from members of the families of two of the deceased prisoners. Their claim was subsequently rejected by the High Court in a judgment of 23 May 2017 (Scarfe & Ors, R (on the application of) v HMP Woodhill & Anor [2017] EWHC 1194 (Admin)).



    Stephen Shaw submitted his report in May 2017, and it is published here.

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  • IAP meeting December 2017

    The panel met on 7 December 2017 to discuss updates on the panel’s workstreams and future priorities which had resulted from the November 2017 Ministerial Board.

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