published: 11 December 2015
INQUEST launched an online version of its Skills and Support Toolkit on 16th December. This resource, funded by the Big Lottery, has been developed with the help of a number of families, including INQUEST’s Family Reference Group, all of whom have had direct experience of a relative who has died in custody or detention.
The toolkit’s purpose is to help bereaved people navigate their way through the protracted inquest process and to build a range of skills to support their rights and access to information. Individuals can learn basic skills such as, how to plan and organise information ahead of an inquest, speak in public, as well as some more advanced skills such as campaigning, speaking to media or lobbying a Member of Parliament.
Some of the key features designed to ensure the tool is user-friendly are:
- An audio function on all pages, allowing individuals to listen as well as read the information
- A number of interactive pages, encouraging families to actively engage with the content
- A responsive site format, enabling users to access the resource across multiple devices, even when travelling to and from appointments or the inquest itself
INQUEST said; “Thanks to all the families who have helped with the development, research and writing of this Toolkit. It would not have been possible without families’ ideas, support, time and feedback.”