Date lodged: 22 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what protocols are in place regarding informing next of kin in Scotland of the homicide, unexplained or suspicious death of a person from Scotland in another country; what support it provides, and what discussions it has had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding this.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 4 October 2017
Consular assistance, including the notification of a death abroad and subsequent advice to bereaved families, is reserved to the UK Government and the Scottish Government would ordinarily refer individuals to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Consular Affairs department who would work with Police Scotland. In addition to support provided by community-led and Police groups, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a protocol in place with 'Victim Support Scotland' for the provision of support to families.