PAT 160033 - Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody – Panel Member

Body: Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAPDC)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £10,000 per annum – the role is non-pensionable
Time Requirements: 36 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    04/01/2022 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of an IAPDC member:

• 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

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • 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 and the law (first preference); or
    • Epidemiology, applied research, legislation or legal practice, or organisation/cultural learning.
  • A strong grasp of current research and best practice in either human rights or epidemiology, and 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

  • A demonstrable interest in, and understanding of, equality and diversity issues relevant to custodial or healthcare environments such as the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups or women; and
  • Experience of driving, directing and / or embedding strategic reforms in major organisations.

Additional Information

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.

Candidate Info Pack re IAPDC member 2.12.21
Supporting Documents PAT160033
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