Safeguarding Statement

The Inquiry welcomes evidence from anyone with experience of or affected by mental health inpatient care in Essex. 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.

The Inquiry team want to ensure that anyone considering sharing information with the Inquiry understands how that information may be used. If you choose to give evidence or information to the Inquiry, the team will provide you with clear, accessible, and full details about how anything you share with us will be used, including any limits to confidentiality. You can also find further information on the Inquiry’s Privacy Information Notice.

There may be cases in which the Inquiry team would need to share information without the consent of the person or people involved. This would include if:

  • we identified a significant risk of harm to a child;
  • we identified a serious risk of harm to an adult;
  • we identified a risk relating to a serious crime; or
  • we were ordered by a court of law or required by some other legal reason.

In such cases, we would need to share information about this risk to the relevant authority, such as the police or social care. Unless it would place you or anyone else at risk, the Inquiry team would inform you about the information we are sharing, to whom we are sharing it with and why.