Our specialist advice service

INQUEST provides specialist advice on cases involving a death in custody or detention or involving state failures. This includes a death that has occurred in:

  • Prison (including Young Offender Institutions and Secure Training Centres)
  • Police custody or immediately following police contact
  • Immigration detention
  • Psychiatric care

We are happy to talk with you over the telephone or by letter or you can use the form below to email us. We are a very small team so please note it may take up to two weeks to get back to you.

If your case involves a death in custody or detention, some of the free advice and information services we are able to offer include: 

  • understanding your rights and choices
  • a confidential discussion of your case
  • information and advice about the investigation and inquest process
  • help with finding suitable legal representation
  • exploring funding options for meeting legal costs
  • advising and working with your lawyer around particular issues or concerns
  • information on other sources of help and support
  • advising on policy issues and wider action
  • help with contacting a MP
  • media advice

Family Forum: INQUEST holds regular Family Forum events to try to provide further support to the families INQUEST works with. These meetings provide an opportunity for families to come together to share information and experiences and offer mutual support. Some families also like to use these events to have input into INQUEST’s parliamentary, campaigning and policy work. 

The Inquest Handbook

Skills and Support Toolkit

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