The Infant Cremation Commission has been established to examine the current policies, guidance, practice and legislation in Scotland in relation to the handling of all recoverable remains (ashes) of babies and infants, and to make recommendations for improvement.
The Commission is keen to hear from anyone who can assist their work, in particular, persons and organisations with relevant personal or professional experience in these matters, and therefore issues this public call for written submissions.
Submissions are sought on perceived weaknesses in current practice, policies, guidance and legislation. The Commission would also welcome views on how the system in Scotland could be improved, either for bereaved families or for the organisations involved in delivering services.
This recognises that from the point when a cremation is first discussed with a family to the point when the family themselves consider it concluded, there are a number of different people and organisations involved.
The Commission understands that individuals responding to this call for written submissions may wish to set out their own personal experiences in order to provide context to their comments.
The Commission welcomes such submissions, but wishes to make it clear that circumstances around specific incidents or individual complaints will not be investigated – these remain the responsibility of the relevant cremation authority.
Written submissions must be received by July 19, 2013, by post or email to: