INQUEST works with families to develop skills-based project
15 December 2014
This month INQUEST brought together a diverse group of families, whose relatives have died in custody, to take part in an exciting skills-based initative which is part of our project Stronger Voices, Better Outcomes: strengthening family engagement after deaths in detention funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
In further developing our skills toolkit, the family reference group will anchor the material in the lived and shared experiences of bereaved families. It forms part of the material available to support other families whose relative has died in custody.
Over the next 2 years, this group will be working together to develop supportive content that other bereaved families can use. Online guides and family training sessions will be delivered on the following: managing the inquest process, coping strategies and organisational skills, campaigning tips, legal advice and media engagement. The guides and training sessions will be based on our existing skills toolkit and will develop accessible and interactive content that will help all families – according to their needs and their stage during the inquest.
The day was a huge success, as families from across England came together to share their experiences and thoughts. We are very thankful to the families for their honesty and enthusiasm on the day.
After months of planning this was a cracking start to the project and watch this space for updates.
For more information on the project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
‘The decision to publish the Cass report is an extraordinary victory for INQUEST… Belatedly, it lifts another layer of camouflage from the secrets, lies and impunity that prevail in large sections of the British state and make such terrible events not merely possible but more likely…What INQUEST, Celia Stubbs and countless others around the world – say, the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Disappeared in Argentina – keep reminding us is not just that the instincts of the powerful are wrong, but that they can also be defeated, however long it may take.’
– David Ransom, friend of Blair Peach and former editor of New Internationalist magazine