Inclusion of care leavers in mandatory reporting of deaths or serious incidents welcomed

3 February 2023

The Garden Court North Inquests and Inquiries and Immigration teams welcome the Government’s proposal to extend the mandatory reporting of deaths or serious incidents involving children to include the deaths of care leavers, as set out in the Government’s vision for children’s social care reform, published yesterday [footnote: see para 242].

In July 2021, Da’aro Youth and 46 organisations called for improved services for asylum-seeking young people and specifically:

  • statistical reporting on deaths by immigration status;
  • mandatory serious incident reporting for care leavers; and
  • an urgent and independent inquiry into deaths by suicide in the asylum system.

This work was supported by INQUEST, Asylum Aid, Freedom from Torture, Helen Bamber Foundation and Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit among others. We wholeheartedly support this call to action and welcome this first step by the Government.

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