Why I report inquests

We know learning disabled and autistic people are dying decades prematurely, often from preventable causes. For the last 8 years, at the invitation of bereaved families, I’ve attended coronial inquests and pre-inquest review meetings to live-tweet and report on what is happening in court. I do this in the hope that it will raise awareness, and provide scrutiny, into why so many people are dying from preventable causes such as drowning, constipation, unwitnessed seizures, malnutrition and neglect.

What is an inquest?

These two guides are a collaboration between the Stop People with a Learning Disability Dying Too Young Group (facilitated by Inclusion North) and myself. The work to develop them was funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Frontpage of Easy Read Guide about what an inquest is and how to report a death

When should a person’s death be reported to a coroner and what is an inquest?

This guide talks about the role of a coroner, what an inquest is and when one should be held.

Frontpage of Easy Read Guide about why learning disabled deaths are not reported as often as they should be.

Why are the deaths of people with a learning disability not reported to the coroner as often as other people?

This guide discusses why so few deaths of learning disabled people are reported to coroners, and then so few inquests are held. It also makes suggestions for what should change.  

There are video versions of the guides on the Inclusion North website.