A DHR looks at the circumstances of a person’s death and the lessons that need to be learnt from it.
The purpose of a DHR is not to apportion blame. It occurs when the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect. This could be by the following people:
- A person to whom they were related or with whom they were or had been in an intimate personal relationship.
- A member of the same household, held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death.
Responsibility for a DHR
The duty to undertake DHRs was carried out by the Home Office through statutory guidance in April 2011. Find out more about DHRs on GOV.UK.
Once a DHR is approved by the Home Office quality assurance group, a final report will be published. Any DHRs conducted by the Safer Barnsley Partnership will be published here.