TAG News and Updates

Check back here regularly for news and updates relevant to the work undertaken by The Advocate's Gateway.  Please contact us if you would like to advertise any relevant information for our site visitors here.

Our vision on the future of The Advocate's Gateway

The evolution of The Advocate’s Gateway (TAG)

TAG is a not-for-profit entity which is run by volunteers who are committed to improving access to justice globally.

 
As TAG approaches its 10 year anniversary in 2022 a lot has changed in relation to the questioning and treatment of vulnerable individuals within the justice system in England and Wales. There is always further work and improvement needed as experience and research grows and the Management Committee has determined that similarly TAG needs itself to evolve. One of the drivers of this is that the toolkits which TAG developed, initially with the focus on assisting advocates within the criminal justice system in England and Wales, have been used by judges and police officers, have been adopted in other legal areas including the family and civil courts, and been referred to and used in other jurisdictions e.g. Scotland, Australia, Norway and more. 

 
Therefore the decision has been taken to take two phased steps in relation to the toolkits:

 
Phase 1 - the toolkits will be revised to retain the important and relevant information required to assist when dealing with different vulnerabilities but will be less jurisdiction specific both in terms of the type of law and geography. An example pilot toolkit for planning to question someone with a learning disability will shortly be added to the website, whilst retaining the previous toolkit for comparison.   

 
Phase 2 - new toolkits will be added, covering other forms of vulnerability and all of the existing toolkits will go through a process of updating and revision to ensure that they continue to provide up-to-date best practice guidance.

 
The Management Committee encourages feedback both on the general approach that is being adopted but specifically on the pilot toolkit. The Management Committee also encourages everyone who visits the site to contact TAG with any resources or cases, from whichever area of law or anywhere in the world, which visitors to TAG may find of benefit. TAG will then review these and those which are considered relevant and appropriate will then be added to the ‘Resources’ section of the TAG website.

 
Should any individuals or organisations wish to support this evolution of TAG by means of donations or contributions then please contact us via the link on the website.

20 December 2021

National Recruitment for Registered Intermediaires

The Ministry of Justice has now launched a national recruitment campaign for Registered Intermediaries (RIs) with experience in assisting vulnerable children and/or adults with learning disabilities to become Registered Intermediaries (RIs).

 

Candidates are encouraged to apply in this recruitment campaign if they meet the competencies listed within the application form in the field of assisting:

  • Typically developing children

  • Children and/or adults with learning disabilities

 

RIs are self-employed communication specialists who are appointed to facilitate communication between vulnerable victims and witnesses (children and adults) and criminal justice professionals.  A vulnerable victim or witness might need the help of a RI because of their age, or a learning, mental or physical disability or disorder. RIs will help to make the justice process accessible to some of the most vulnerable people in our society and they can often be the difference between a witness being able to give evidence or not.

 

The link to the advert (on the Civil Service jobs website) can be found here: Registered Intermediary roles - Civil Service Jobs - GOV.UK

 

Applicant’s can locate the regional adverts upon selecting Ministry of Justice as the organisation and sorting jobs by most recent.

 

The closing date for applications is Sunday 16 January 2022.

15 November 2021

Communication and Participation in the Court of Protection (New Resource)

TAG is proud to promote a new resource!

Communication and Participation in the Court of Protection is a film to help lawyers better understand the perspective of people with autism/learning disability and improve how they plan for meetings. Using role-plays and roundtables with lawyers and people with learning disability and autism, the film shows lawyers how to enhance communication and achieve better quality evidence for the court.

 

The Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law project team which created this film involves researchers from Birkbeck College, University of Bristol, and University of Oxford; they worked in association with leading charity VoiceAbility.

You can watch the video on the Birkbeck, University of London YouTube Channel, or on our Resources Page.

9 September 2021

Mental Health Recruitment Campaign for Registered Intermediaries

The Ministry of Justice has now launched a national recruitment campaign for Registered Intermediaries (RIs) specifically in one or more of the following mental ill health areas of Bi-Polar Affective Disorder, Personality Disorder and Schizophrenia.

 

RIs are self-employed communication specialists who are appointed to facilitate communication between vulnerable victims and witnesses (children and adults) and criminal justice professionals.  A vulnerable victim or witness might need the help of a RI because of their age, or a learning, mental or physical disability or disorder. RIs will help to make the justice process accessible to some of the most vulnerable people in our society and they can often be the difference between a witness being able to give evidence or not.

 

The link to the advert (on the Civil Service jobs website) can be found here:

Registered Intermediary roles (x12) - Civil Service Jobs - GOV.UK

 

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 5 October 2021.