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Seminars were the first of their kind

Sequeli, in association with King's College London and 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers Temple London ran a series of three seminars in June and July 2011.

They were unique seminars, the first of their kind, attracting independent chairs, report writers, expert panel members and commissioners from domestic homicide reviews, mental health investigations and serious case reviews (children and vulnerable adults).

Read the Sequeli Seminars June - July 2011 programme

Contributors included the Department of Health, National Patient Safety Agency, Social Care Institute for Excellence. Metropolitan Police, Independent Police Complaints Commission, Action on Elder Abuse, Advocacy after Fatal Domestic Abuse, Family Rights Group, Southall Black Sisters, academics, lawyers and trainers.

Reviews in a new service landscape

The seminars were timed to follow the launch of statutory domestic homicide reviews on 13 April 2011 and the May 2011 review of children's services by Professor Eileen Munro.

NHS changes were also gathering pace and the seminars' underlying theme was that of conducting reviews and investigations in this new service landscape. The programme included four half-day specialist modules covering all the specialist areas.

Read what the participants said about the Seminars...

Extracts from the above Seminars Summary

Being guided by humanity...

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, opening the seminar programme, spoke of the difficult and isolating task facing all chairs.

Leadership, clarity in one's own mind as to purpose, sharing this with others, being thorough as to gathering facts; these he emphasised apply to all reviews, investigations and inquiries whether large or small.

Cutting to the heart of reviews, Sir Ian urged the importance of being guided by humanity during this task where catharsis must be recognised as one of its proper functions.

Thought provoking speakers...

‘Splendidly provocative’ was one of the remarks following Dr Mark Salter’s presentation. As a community psychiatrist (and journalist and writer) in East London, he had been on the sharp end of an incisive mental health homicide investigation. He asked seminar participants to

think carefully about how they reached conclusions in this minefield and to treat professionals fairly when the consequences for them could be far-reaching.

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