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About the Lampard Inquiry

The purpose of this page is to help guide you through the relevant information on our website and to help you to understand how you could participate in the Inquiry’s work.

Background to the Inquiry

The Lampard Inquiry is a statutory inquiry investigating mental health inpatient deaths in Essex. It is chaired by Baroness Kate Lampard CBE. You can read more about Baroness Lampard here.

The Lampard Inquiry continues the work of the Essex Mental Health Independent Inquiry. On 27 October 2023, the Department of Health and Social Care issued a formal notice of conversion, confirming the Inquiry’s statutory status. You can read more about the non-statutory phase of the Inquiry here.

Between 1 November 2023 – 28 November 2023, Baroness Lampard held a public consultation
on the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference.

The final Terms of Reference were published on 10 April 2024. You can read these here. You can also read Frequently Asked Questions on the Terms of Reference here.

Core Participants

A Core Participant is an individual, organisation or institution that has a specific interest in the work of the Inquiry.  Core Participants have a formal role and special rights in the Inquiry process. 

To find out more information about Core Participants status, please click here.

Sharing information

If you think you have evidence that is relevant to the Inquiry, you are welcome to contact us now to let us know.  We haven’t yet started to collect evidence, so there is no need to send your evidence to the Inquiry at this stage, but we will contact you at a later stage. 

The image below explains the different stages of the Inquiry.  We are currently at the end of Phase 1 – scope and set-up.

Please be aware before you provide us with information that we have safeguarding obligations.  The welfare and safety of everyone who engages with the Inquiry is incredibly important to the Chair and the Inquiry team.  To ensure this safety and welfare, if we identify risk, we may sometimes need to take action to address this.

There may be cases in which the Inquiry team would need to share information without the consent of the person or people involved.  You can read more about the Inquiry’s approach to safeguarding here

Giving evidence

Some of you may receive a formal written request from the Inquiry for you to provide us with evidence, which is known as a Rule 9 Request. 

There are various ways you can provide evidence, including in a written statement, providing documents or orally at a public hearing.  The Inquiry’s engagement team will provide information and support to anyone giving evidence to the inquiry.

Remaining anonymous

There may be circumstances where people wish to provide evidence but want to remain anonymous or to keep certain information confidential.  The Inquiry Chair can decide whether to allow for this through a Restriction Order.

A Restriction Order can be made by the Chair of the Inquiry and restricts evidence from being made public if there are good reasons to do so.  It can relate to any part of someone’s evidence, including their identity.

If you are concerned about anonymity or parts of your evidence being made public, you may wish to read more about Restriction Orders and how to apply for one here.

Public hearings

All hearings will be open to the public to attend, unless the Chair to the Inquiry has said otherwise.

Depending on the location, the Inquiry may require people to register an interest in attending before the event, to make sure that we have enough space for people to attend. We will update on the timings, locations and process for public hearings in due course.

We will also live stream the hearings online (with a short delay for procedural reasons) so that anyone can watch the hearings remotely. 

Expenses

If you give evidence to the Inquiry, you can make an application to have your expenses paid by us.  We cover reasonable expenses that arise as a result of you giving evidence as a witness.  Expenses include transport costs of getting to the venue and home again, reasonable childcare costs and money to buy your lunch on the days you are giving evidence.

Full guidance on what expenses we cover and how to claim them is available here, along with an application form.

The Inquiry may also cover your legal expenses incurred through your involvement with the Inquiry.  More information on this and how to apply for your legal costs to be covered can be found here

Following the progress of the Inquiry

The Inquiry will publish updates on its work, including future hearing dates, further protocols, relevant documents and ultimately the Chair’s report, on the website’s Updates page. 

The Inquiry will also send important information out to those who have asked to be updated by email.  Please email us at contact@lampardinquiry.org.uk if wish to be put on to our mailing list.

Where appropriate we will also post news to its social media channels, on Twitter and YouTube.