Training for Medicolegal Report Writers at the Helen Bamber Foundation 26th September 2019

Training for writing medico-legal reports for survivors of human rights abuses.

Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th November

9.15am – 5pm

Helen Bamber Foundation, Bruges Place, NW1 0TF

Please note that the main entrance is on Randolph Street. The nearest transport links are Camden Town tube (7 mins walk) or Camden Road overground (2 mins walk).


Please kindly note there is a refundable fee of £100 to attend the training in exchange for a commitment that you will prepare at least two medico-legal reports for the Helen Bamber Foundation within a 12-month period. This fee will be returned after completion of the two reports, which will be undertaken on a pro-bono basis. Should you wish to continue your commitment, reports produced thereafter will be paid.

You will be provided with detailed and constructive feedback and any additional support you require throughout your first reports. We consider that these reports are part of the training process, and you will receive a certificate for completion of the MLR training only once these reports have been completed. We hope that preparing the reports will be a rewarding experience for you, but please note that these reports do require a substantial time commitment, particularly when you are still training.

Who is this course for?

Please only sign up to the training if you are at least 2 years qualified. Doctors from all disciplines may be suitable for this opportunity. Commitment is flexible but requires attendance at both training days of the training and we request each volunteer to write at least four reports a year. Doctors can offer to write reports pro bono or can be paid for each report. If you cannot give this time at the moment, we would be happy to keep your name on the waiting list to attend future trainings.

What does it include?

The training will cover:

• An overview of migrant health issues
• The legal context of the asylum system and the purpose of medico-legal reports (MLRs)
• The Istanbul Protocol and its application to medico-legal reports
• Immigration detention and the impact on mental health
• An introduction to modern slavery/human trafficking
• Preparing physical and psychological reports for survivors of human rights abuses, including survivors of trafficking
• The role of the expert witness and giving evidence in court

There will be required pre-reading that we will provide in November, and during the training we will provide you with handouts and template reports.

Registration will be at 9:15am on Monday 11th November. We will start promptly at 9.30am both days and will conclude the sessions at 5pm.

Lunch is not provided, but there are a number of shops and cafes nearby to our offices.

We will ask to you sign a visitor’s confidentiality agreement on the day, as some sensitive client information may be discussed over the course of the training session.

 How to register?

Please confirm your attendance by Friday 25th October 2019 in order to book a place on the training. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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