The uses of euphemism: inflicting pain on imprisoned children
11 November 2013
INQUEST co-director Deborah Coles has contributed to an article by INQUEST Trustee Dexter Dias about the unacceptable use of pain in restraining detained children and young people. Deborah said, '‘The euphemistic use of language simply masks the truth of what they’re doing to vulnerable children. Which is hurting them. And subjecting them to fear and violence." INQUEST worked with Dexter Dias on the Gareth Myatt inquest. 15 year old Gareth died following restraint at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.
The full article, published by the Fabian Society, can be read here
‘No other organisation has worked so closely with bereaved families throughout the investigation and inquest process. INQUEST has a unique insight into the daily difficulties families face while striving to cope in the aftermath of a death in custody. The Skills and Support Toolkit can provide you with practical advice needed to continue and maintain your day to day life at a time when even the simplest of tasks can seem insurmountable, or help you develop the skills needed to mount a campaign. ’
– Mother of a child who died in prison