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About Deborah Coles

Deborah Coles is the executive director of INQUEST, a charity working across England and Wales to provide expertise on contentious state-related deaths and their investigation. She is also on the board of trustees of Clean Break and a special adviser to Women in Prison.

Articles by Deborah Coles

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

We must protect the lives of people with learning disability

Time and time again, grieving families are left to fight for accountability and expose systemic failings in the care of learning disabled people.

The case for independent investigation of deaths in mental health institutions

When someone dies in a mental health unit in England or Wales, there is currently no obligation to carry out an independent inquiry.

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