Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody – up to 4 Panel Members

Body: Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 4
Remuneration: £10,000 per annum. Remuneration is subject to deductions of tax and National Insurance contributions at source. The role is not pensionable. In some circumstances your remuneration may be abated if you receive a public service pension. You will need to seek advice from your pension provider about this. Reasonable standard travel expenses will be payable.
Time Requirements: 36 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    23/02/2023 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews to take place 2, 6 and 7 June 2023

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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.


The Panel chair is currently being appointed, and there are currently five members appointed for their relevant expertise and track record in related fields. 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:


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.

Person Specification


There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

However, as the IAPDC was established to carry out an independent function at arm’s length from the Government, we are mindful that appointing someone who is employed by a government department might compromise that independence – or perception of independence – as well as diminishing the confidence of stakeholders and the general public.

If you are in receipt of a salary from a government department and wish to apply, you should expect that – if selected for interview – the Advisory Assessment Panel will explore whether any perceived or real conflicts of interest might exist if you were to be appointed and, if so, how this might be managed or mitigated. The latter might include an undertaking to resign from government employment, if appointed, and – if considered appropriate – for there to be an interval between resignation and taking up appointment to the IAPDC.


Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of the work of service providers (for example the police service, the prison and probation service, immigration removal centres or secure hospitals/mental health services) or those working on behalf of individuals detained by the State or their families;
  • Ability to build strong relationships with national operational organisations, professional bodies or interest groups;
  • Knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas in the context of custodial environments or similarly related fields:
    • Human rights and how they relate to deaths in custody;
    • Epidemiology;
    • Applied research;
    • Legislation or legal practice; or
    • Organisation/cultural learning.
  • The ability to identify research opportunities, complete projects in a timely way and make clear recommendations based on evidence gathered; and
  • The skills and knowledge needed to confidently and effectively communicate specialist or technical information to ministers, service leaders and stakeholders.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of driving, directing and / or embedding strategic reforms in major organisations
Candidate Info Pack re IAPDC member PAT160049
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