“What families want is effective change so others don’t die because of the same failings. The involvement and support of INQUEST brings all this together. I have a lifelong loyalty to INQUEST. They provide you with support you just can’t get from anywhere else.”

- Bereaved brother

We provide free and independent advice to bereaved people following a death in state care or detention in England and Wales, and in other cases where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question. We also provide support through the inquest process. Our specialist casework covers deaths that occur in:

  • prison (including Young Offender Institutions and Secure Training Centres)
  • police custody or following police contact
  • immigration detention
  • mental health settings
  • public disasters such as Grenfell Tower and Hillsborough
  • deaths involving multi-agency failings 

See what families say about us for more information about how we support families.

Contact us

If you are looking for help and advice after losing a friend or relative in the circumstances listed above, you can get in touch by:

• filling in the contact form here.
• calling us on 020 7263 1111 (press option 1)
• writing to us at: Casework, 3rd Floor, 89-93 Fonthill Road, London N4 3JH

We aim to respond to each enquiry as soon as possible, but due to limited capacity and the high number of enquiries, it can take up to two weeks for a caseworker to get back to you. In the meantime, you may find the answers to some of your questions on the Useful Resources page, and if you leave an address we can send you the INQUEST Handbook immediately. 

Regrettably, we do not currently have the resources to provide advice on deaths that do not involve the circumstances listed above. If your case falls outside these areas, you may find information about other organisations that can help in Other sources of support.