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
‘You have clearly made yourselves a force to be reckoned with, a powerful instrument for good. In the process you have not only achieved real change in an aspect of our common life which would have commanded little attention or esteem were it not for your efforts, but you have at the same time offered enormous support to those bereaved people who long for a clear verdict on the death in custody of someone who means a great deal to them.’
– Dr Peter Selby, President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards