EHRC: ‘Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions’

In February 2015, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions, the report of its Inquiry looking at non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions in detention in England and Wales.

The Commission’s Inquiry makes recommendations in four key areas. They are addressed at government, regulators and inspectorates and the leaders and managers of individual institutions including:

  • Learning lessons and creating rigorous systems and processes
  • A stronger focus on meeting basic responsibilities to keep detainees safe
  • Greater transparency and robust investigations
  • The EHRC Human Rights Framework should be adopted and used as a practical tool in all three settings

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