Advocacy and the Vulnerable

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 of Court and circuits.

Barrister training sessions

Inner Temple is running 3-hour Advocacy and the Vulnerable training sessions for practising barristers only on the following dates (barristers may only book to attend one course):

  • Tuesday 31 October 2023, 5.30 to 8.30pm, in person at Inner Temple

Please note that attendance on the course requires a minimum of 10 hours’ advance preparation (reading selected materials and viewing videos) including submission of cross-examination questions one week in advance of the course.   Delegate training materials are already available here:

How to Book

Members of the Inn are giving up their time to teach each session so we would be grateful if you would consider your booking as a professional commitment.

Open to: barristers of all Inns

Course fee: FREE

Venue: Inner Temple

CPD: course attendance equivalent to 3 CPD hours.  Pre-course preparation equivalent to 10 CPD hours.

To book, please email with your name, chambers and, where applicable, preferred course date and time. This email address can also be used if you have any queries or your preferred session is no longer available and you would like to join the reserve list or mailing list for future courses.

Please note that the booking window will close two weeks prior to each course in order to allow sufficient preparation.