you for your interest in becoming a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on
Deaths in Custody (IAPDC).
IAPDC is a non-departmental public body of the Ministry of Justice,
co-sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Home Office.
It also forms part of the Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody in England
and Wales. The Ministerial Council, IAPDC and stakeholders are committed to
working together to reduce deaths in custody.
IAPDC acts as the primary source of independent advice and information to
Ministers and senior leaders of operational services on the best ways to reduce
the number and rate of deaths in custody. The cross-departmental ambit of the
IAPDC includes all deaths in state detention: in or following police custody,
during immigration detention, prisoners, those detained under the Mental Health
Act in hospital and residents in approved premises.
current IAPDC is newly formed and we welcome candidates from the widest
possible field to add to the excellent range and experience of recent
appointees. The successful candidate will possess the skills, experience,
knowledge and authority to make a substantive contribution to the significant work
of the IAPDC and will use their expertise to provide advice and recommendations
based on analysis and evidence. Informed by the views of bereaved families,
staff and people with lived experience, there are many challenges but also
opportunities for the IAPDC to effect change and I look forward to working with
the successful candidate.
you have further questions about this post, you are welcome to speak to Kish
Hyde, Deputy Head of Secretariat, Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody.
Please contact Kish via email at Kishwar.Hyde1@Justice.gov.uk.
you have questions about the appointment process, you can contact the Public
Appointments Team at: PublicAppointmentsTeam@Justice.gov.uk.
The role of an IAPDC Member is to:
· Lead discrete pieces of work identified with the IAPDC Chair and Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody as priority issues requiring expert advice and research;
· Work with panel members to identify the most effective means of reducing the number and rate of deaths in custody, and communicate them authoritatively to Ministers and operational service leads;
· Work with external organisations, individuals with lived experience and bereaved family members to ensure that advice is drawn from a range of expert providers; and
· Represent the IAPDC at external forums.
The IAPDC is a non-departmental public body and was established in 2009, following publication of the 2008 Fulton Report. The IAPDC is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Home Office (HO) and forms part of the Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody in England and Wales (“the Council”).
The Council is formed of three tiers - The Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody (“the Ministerial Board”); the IAPDC; and a practitioner and stakeholder group. The Council considers all deaths in state custody (including prison, approved premises, police, immigration removal and those detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act).
The role of the IAPDC is to provide independent advice and expertise to the Ministerial Board, the first tier of the Council, with the central aim of preventing deaths in custody. The IAPDC provides guidance on policy and best practice across sectors and makes recommendations to Ministers and operational services. It assists Ministers to meet their human rights obligations to protect life. The IAPDC’s aim 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.
The IAPDC’s main roles are to:
· Act as the primary source of independent advice to ministers and service leaders (both through the Ministerial Board and where appropriate directly) on measures to reduce the number and rate of deaths in custody;
· Consult and engage with Ministers and the Ministerial Board to identify the key areas of advice and research to enable the operational services to reduce the number and rate of deaths in custody;
· Consult and engage with relevant stakeholders in order to collect, analyse and disseminate relevant information about deaths in custody and the lessons that can be learned from them;
· Commission relevant research;
· Carry out thematic enquiries into areas of concern, in co-operation as appropriate with the relevant oversight and investigative bodies;
· Issue formal guidance (and where appropriate set common standards) on best practice for reducing deaths in custody, both on its own authority and where appropriate under the authority of the Ministerial Board;
· Monitor compliance with such guidance and standards; and
· Where appropriate, make recommendations to ministers for changes in policy or operational practice, which would help to reduce the incidence of death in custody.
There are currently four members appointed for their relevant expertise and track record in related fields, and the IAPDC Chair, Lynn Emslie. The IAPDC is supported by an extensive practitioner and stakeholder group, the third tier of the Council.
Further information about the work of the IAPDC can be found at:
This post is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. For more information, please refer to the Commissioner’s website