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Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody

The Ministry of Justice announced the creation of a new three-tier Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody in July 2008, following publication of the Fulton Report in February 2008.

The Fulton Report recommended the creation of a new structure to replace the Ministerial Roundtable on Suicide and the Forum for Preventing Deaths in Custody. The new Council formally commenced operation on the 1st April 2009 and is jointly funded by the Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and the Home Office.

The Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody incorporates senior decision-makers, experts and practitioners in the field. This extended, cross-sector approach to deaths in custody will allow for better learning and sharing of lessons across the custodial sectors.

The Ministerial Council consists of three tiers:

  • Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody
  • Independent Advisory Panel (IAP)
  • Practitioner and Stakeholder Group

The shared purpose of the Ministerial Council is to bring about a continuing and sustained reduction in the number and rate of deaths in all forms of state custody in England and Wales.

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