9.1 Introduction

Welcome to this training module on vulnerability. In your volunteering work you may come across vulnerable people who need extra support when attending court. The court can make various arrangements to assist vulnerable people so they can understand the court process more, be less stressed and attend the court hearings.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will:

  • Know what is meant by vulnerability
  • Be familiar with what the court can do to support vulnerable people
  • Understand how Support Through Court works with vulnerable people.

This module is one of a number of training modules to help Support Through Court volunteers when supporting clients. The modules all use the same case study to explore the different aspects of supporting clients effectively. We will be referring to this example as we work though this module, so it may be helpful to remind yourself of the facts now. You may want to open this case study in a separate window (use Ctrl + click on the link) so you can refer back to it when needed. Find out more about the fictitious Johnson/Smith family [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   and their situation.

During the module you may come across terminology which is unfamiliar to you. Some words are hyperlinked to the Glossary, so by hovering over the word you will be able to see its definition.

Please note

This module deals with some sensitive issues including descriptions of domestic abuse. These training modules are not compulsory, but they are recommended. If you do not feel comfortable to start the module, or if you are affected by the material, or feel you are unable to undergo the training, then Support Through Court can help you. Please speak to your Service Manager when you are next in the office.

If you need immediate support over the phone you can call:

National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 200 247

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9.2 What is Vulnerability?