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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:
‘My congratulations to all involved in this 30 year battle for disclosure [of the Cass report on the death of Blair Peach] … it was this awful state of affairs which led those of us who founded INQUEST to set it up. But it is mind-boggling to think that we were still arguing over this report 30 years later.’
– Terry Munyard, barrister at Garden Court Chambers and founding member of INQUEST