Medicolegal Report Writing

In June 2022 the UNHCR published a revised version of the ‘Istanbul Protocol’ (The Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to give it its full title), after a six-year process involving 180 experts from 51 countries.  This is a standard reference point for expert medical and legal reporting in asylum claims internationally.

https://www.ohchr.org/en/publications/policy-and-methodological-publications/istanbul-protocol-manual-effective-0

Organisations such as the Helen Bamber Foundation, Freedom from Torture and Medical Justice have a range of schemes for training volunteers in medicolegal report writing.

TortureID welcomes clinicians who are within travelling distance of West Yorkshire and either have prior experience in mediolegal report writing or are senior psychiatry trainees seeking a specialist interest placement.  It offers training and induction in the TID approach to writing ‘screening’ reports for human rights abuses’

https://tortureid.org/current-projects/

Organisations such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists have peer networks that may also provide supervision and mentoring for report writers who are developing their skills.

Contact can be made through the Working Group on on the health of refugees and those seeking asylum.

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/about-us/our-people-and-how-we-make-decisions/other-committees/working-group-on-the-health-of-refugees-and-asylum-seekers

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