Other Projects

Other impact cases:

Disaster Victim Identification 

In recent years the largest loss of life through a single mass disaster event occurred following the Asian tsunami where over 250,000 died. Many Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) teams were deployed to the region and the UK response was inadequate. After representation to the government, led by Professor Sue Black, a momentum for DVI preparedness was instigated in the UK. This national response capability was trained at the University of Dundee and its professional engagement has been tested in the events that have followed in recent years including the London and Sharm-el-Sheikh bombings, Air France crash, New Zealand earthquake. All UK officers deployed to mass fatality events either at home or overseas were trained at Dundee and this led to the FASTId programme which will provide a management capability for all member countries of Interpol in the event of another catastrophic global event.

Age Estimation in the Living

Over 20,000 immigrants enter the UK legally on an annual basis but there is no indication of how many enter illegally either through trafficking or the slave and sex trades but it is thought to be in excess of one million total. Most who enter illegally are imprisoned as drug factory workers, prostitutes or domestic slaves and it is only when they come to the attention of the courts or local authorities, and there is an absence of paperwork that a decision must be made on the age of the individual. This will determine the degree of support (housing, education etc) to which they are entitled and if a criminal offence is being considered then it will determine the severity of their sentence and their category of destination if they are to be incarcerated.

Child Deaths

Each year in the UK around 260 children die or are seriously harmed and £5 million is spent "learning the lessons". The same "lessons" have been emerging since the first UK child death inquiry in 1945 without noticeable impact on child fatalities. Child death review (CDR) processes in the UK have evolved almost exclusively from social work. The collaborative research undertaken by the Dundee team challenges these processes and brings the hard research of trauma analysis and juvenile skeletal development into the often introspective realms of social work and health and the reforms of the judicial system.