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The Advocate’s Gateway (TAG) provides free access to practical, evidence-based guidance on communicating with vulnerable witnesses and defendants. 

TAG was founded in 2012. It is an independent body run by a volunteer management committee and was chaired by Professor Penny Cooper for its first ten years.

TAG’s main aims are to promote the maintenance of the highest ethical and professional standards in the questioning of people who are vulnerable in justice settings and to provide practitioners with evidence-based guidance and support in the form of toolkits. TAG’s toolkits have been widely endorsed by senior judges and by professional bodies.


TAG does not endorse any third party training but encourages the use of its toolkits subject to compliance with copyright and licensing requirements. Furthermore, TAG does not undertake consultations, nor provide advice regarding the sourcing of intermediaries.

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Contributing Organisations

The Management Committee is grateful to the following organisations for helping finance TAG’s free-to-access website. 

Our thanks go to:

CILEx Regulation

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Prison Reform Trust




The Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)


Nottingham Trent University

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If your organisation would like to be considered as a contributor appearing on this page, please contact TAG by email.

Copyright and use of material on The Advocate’s Gateway  

The written material is provided free for use under a Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). For details please visit:

If you intend to use The Advocate’s Gateway materials or toolkits in order to assist with communication needs, for anything other than personal, non-commercial you must obtain written permission in advance from The Advocate’s Gateway.

The Advocate’s Gateway does not endorse any third party trainers and use of our material does not suggest endorsement.

If you reference our material you must give appropriate credit, including citing the authors and The Advocate’s Gateway.

The material contained in these pages is not legal advice and should not be treated as such.

Copyright belongs to The Advocate’s Gateway.

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