Where the police service investigates a death they have a positive duty to communicate with the bereaved family. In circumstances where there has been an unexplained or violent death, particularly in respect of a homicide or road death normally a FLO has this role.
Family Liaison Officers are experienced and practiced police officers who have been specifically trained to enable them to act as such when necessary.
The FLO is part of the investigation team whose task is to:
- Collect information from family members in a way which assists the investigation
- Inform, and facilitate care and support for, the family, who are themselves victims, in a gentle and compassionate way in accordance with the needs of the investigation
- Earn the confidence and trust of the family, thereby enhancing their contribution to the investigation
The FLO will act with professionalism and integrity and carry out their duties with sensitivity; they will not attempt to assume the responsibility of personally counselling a victim’s family. However the FLO can supply, where appropriate, details of organisations that may be able to assist the family after a traumatic bereavement.
Brake is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, to make streets safer for everyone and to support people who have been bereaved, or seriously injured, on roads.
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people. It offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and works to enhance society's care of bereaved people.
SUPPORT AFTER MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER (SAMM NI)
SAMM NI offers a support service to family members and close friends bereaved through any Murder or Manslaughter. The service, both telephone and one-to-one, is delivered by our specially trained volunteers who have also been bereaved by these crimes and are willing to share their experiences
CARE FOR THE FAMILY
Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties.
Care for the Family Helpline: 028 9262 8050