Training for Medicolegal Report Writers at the Helen Bamber Foundation 22nd February 2019

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

Friday 29th March

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; we are currently revising our fee structure and will update you at the training.

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 and if you are able to give the time commitment it requires at present. 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:
• The legal context of the asylum system and the purpose of medico-legal reports (MLRs)
• The Istanbul Protocol and its application to psychological/psychiatric reports
• Immigration detention and the impact on mental health
• Complex PTSD – assessment, diagnosis and treatment recommendations
• Working with survivors of trafficking
• Preparing psychiatric and psychological reports for survivors of human rights abuses, including survivors of trafficking and HBF processes for MLR writers
• The role of the expert witness and giving evidence in court
We will provide you with handouts and template reports to help you as you get started in preparing reports.

Registration (with tea and coffee) will be at 9am. We will start promptly at 9.15am and will conclude the session 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 8th March 2019 in order to confirm a place on the training. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact email: