Notice of a change to the provision of INQUEST’s casework service
3 July 2014
As of today, Thursday 3 July, INQUEST will only be able to advise people who are bereaved by a death that took place in custody or detention or involving state failures in England and Wales. This includes a death in prison, in police custody or following police contact, in immigration detention or psychiatric care. We also work on other cases that involve multi-agency failings and/or raise wider issues of state and corporate accountability.
Until now we have been able to plug a gap and also offer advice and guidance to bereaved people following deaths in other circumstances that fall outside of this remit. Regrettably, due to funding constraints, INQUEST has taken the difficult decision to suspend this aspect of our casework service.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly. Our current casework shows that despite recent reforms to the inquest system there is still a demand and need for advice and support for all bereaved people going through the inquest process.
We will continue to lobby for improvements to the coronial system, including ensuring better access to information and support for everyone.
And we will continue to work with other organisations working with bereaved people, exchanging advice and information and working collaboratively towards further reform.
If you require further information about the change, please contact us.
‘You have clearly made yourselves a force to be reckoned with, a powerful instrument for good. In the process you have not only achieved real change in an aspect of our common life which would have commanded little attention or esteem were it not for your efforts, but you have at the same time offered enormous support to those bereaved people who long for a clear verdict on the death in custody of someone who means a great deal to them.’
– Dr Peter Selby, President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards