INQUEST is the only charity providing free expertise on state related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, as well as advising lawyers, agencies, the media and parliamentarians. Their specialist casework includes death in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question.
INQUEST seeks to maintain a set of core values:
- They provide a specialist free, confidential and independent service to bereaved people and the concerns and experiences of bereaved families set the framework for all their work.
- They try to empower those who are often excluded from exercising their rights by providing information and advice. They also assist people to use the formal legal processes to scrutinise the practices of state bodies.
- They ensure that the collective experience of those with whom we work is fed back to the relevant policy makers.
- Their casework is non-judgemental in relation to the background and actions of an individual that has died.
- Their work is situated within a bereaved-centred, anti-racist and anti-discriminatory framework.