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Advocacy and the Vulnerable

The Advocacy and the Vulnerable national training programme was developed by members of a working group headed by HHJ Rook QC in response to the Government’s September 2014 paper, Our Commitment to Victims. Recognising and dealing appropriately with vulnerability is a skill that can be taught. There is a wide spectrum of vulnerabilities from age and background to physical or mental health and other developmental issues. This course has been designed to ensure that all advocates, when dealing with vulnerable witnesses, understand the key principles behind the approach to and questioning of vulnerable people in the justice system.

Training materials have been prepared by the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) and training is being delivered by the Inns and Circuits. Sessions will be led by barristers and judges who have been trained to facilitate the sessions. It is anticipated that Advocacy and the Vulnerable training will become mandatory for any advocate wishing to undertake publicly funded work in serious sexual offence cases involving vulnerable witnesses.

Barrister training session

The delegate programme's national roll out is now in motion aiming to deliver training to 14,000+ delegates. This training will become mandatory for any advocate wishing to undertake publicly funded work for serious sexual offence cases involving vulnerable witnesses.

The facilitator group will be responsible for delivering training to over 14,000 delegates. You will set the standard for excellence and your commitment to the programme’s objectives will ensure that key messages are cascaded down positively to delegates.

Open to: barristers of all Inns
Course fee: Free
CPD: course attendance equivalent to 3 CPD hours (pre-course preparation equivalent to 8 CPD hours)

Please note that attendance on the course requires a minimum of 8 hours’ advance preparation (reading selected materials and viewing videos) including submission of cross-examination questions one week in advance of the course. Instructions and materials will be sent to you by email in due course after booking.

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