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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.

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