Independence, objectivity and fairness

believes that principles of independence, impartiality, fairness and openness should be adopted by those who chair and write reports. Only then will reports be trusted.

These principles are set out in full in Sequeli’s Core Competencies document:

  • Incorporating a statement of principles into the terms of reference
  • Committing the review to an ethos of fairness and equality
  • Carrying out only such investigation as is necessary for the inquiry
  • Reaching conclusions as to individual professional practice fairly
  • Giving appropriate time and attention to victims and their families
  • Acknowledging that perpetrators may suffer illness or disability
  • Respecting confidentiality of all persons affected by the review
  • Respecting and dealing openly with cultural/religious difference
  • Dealing fairly with any disadvantage arising from disability
  • Dealing politely with all who have contact with the review
  • Recognizing the stress caused by reviews and investigations
  • Maintaining objectivity throughout the investigation
  • Remaining independent of commissioners and providers
  • Bearing in mind accountability to victims and the public
  • Carrying out reviews which are time and cost proportionate


Sequeli's training principles

adopts the same principles when planning and providing its own training materials and seminars, ensuring attention is given to:

  • insight into the circumstances of victims, their families and service users
  • awareness of the need for sensitivity and equal treatment of culture, ethnicity and disability
  • acknowledgement of the pressures on staff and professionals and the need for their fair treatment in the review process.

Sequeli is independent of commissioners of reviews and investigations or any commercial interests.


is committed to principles of equality and non-discrimination in its provision of seminars and in its contracts for provision of training and training materials.

In the provision of training for public authorities, it adheres to s149(2) of the Equality Act 2010; 'A person who is not a public authority but who exercises public functions must, in the exercise of those functions, have due regard to the matters mentioned in subsection (1)'.

s149(1) states 'A public authority must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to—
(a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
(b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
(c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.'

s149(7) states 'The relevant protected characteristics are— age;
disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation.'



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Sequeli is the trading name of Sequeli Ltd, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and registered with Companies House in England | Company Registration Number: 7432560 | Trading address and Registered Office: The Fry Group, Broadwalk House, Southernhay West, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1WF