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Help and advice
INQUEST provides specialist advice on deaths in custody or detention or involving state failures in England and Wales. 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 also work on other cases that involve multi agency failings and/or raise wider issues of state and corporate accountability.
The specialist advice service section provides further information on our work and how to contact us. The specialist advice service is available to bereaved people, to community and voluntary sector groups and to members of the INQUEST Lawyers Group.
Regrettably, INQUEST does not currently have the funding to provide advice on matters that do not involve a death in the circumstances outlined above.
If your enquiry relates to a death in one of the circumstances listed above or any other circumstance you may find answers to some of your questions in the Inquest Handbook and Skills & Support Toolkit.
In this section:
‘I was already working with INQUEST, which is the organisation who monitor deaths in custody, and at one AGM I told the audience that what happened to these people [killed in police custody like Chistopher Alder, Roger Sylvester and many others] could happen to any of us. And then a couple of years later, I was standing in front of them again but now it had happened to my cousin. So my family and me were now “users” of Inquest. It shows you that none of us are immune – here am I, Benjamin Zephaniah, patron of INQUEST and client of INQUEST at the same time.’
– Benjamin Zephaniah