INQUEST is a small charity with an exceptional media profile, often appearing in the national press and broadcast news several times a week. Our director Deborah Coles is regularly called on as an expert commentator and, where possible and appropriate, we work with families to ensure their experiences are heard. Journalists use our expertise and statistics to help them track patterns and trends and situate deaths in their broader social and political context.

We welcome enquiries from print and broadcast journalists, researchers and producers but would ask that you please do as much research as possible on our website before contacting us with a specific query or interview request.

Resources you may find useful:

  • Statistics and monitoring: INQUEST has carried out comprehensive monitoring and collating of statistics relating to deaths in prison and police custody in England and Wales since 1990.
  • Media release archive: All our media releases relating to specific casework and broader areas of our work. 
  • Latest coverage archive: Coverage of INQUEST in the local and national media.
  • Briefings and consultation responses: Our parliamentary briefings, independent review submissions, Family Listening Day reports and other insightful documents can be downloaded. These contain case studies and bring to life the experiences of bereaved families.

Contact us

If you do need to get in touch, please fill in our media enquiry form or email [email protected] 

Or you can call the communications team on 020 7263 1111 (option 3). Please be aware from the week beginning 16 March 2020, the office phone will be less accesible to the team so please email rather than phoning and include your number and a note if you would like us to phone you back. 

As a small team, we are unable to respond to all requests, and detailed information requests may take one to two weeks to gather. 

If you are contacting us to reach families please bear in mind that we will need time to approach and support any families to engage meaningfully with media work.