Magistrates' Association Mental Health and Learning Disability Champions
The initiative for a network of champions arose from an action of the Mental Health and Learning Disability Group, which is part of the formal committee structure of the Magistrate's Association. The champion role was launched in 2014. There are now champions in three quarters of the 58 branches of the Magistrate's Association, and the aim is to have full coverage in all branches.
The overarching role of champions is to act as a local facilitator or point of contact in their local area. The champions are a useful link for magistrates and court staff to enable an increase in awareness, information and understanding of the local criminal justice environment. To be effective, champions have established positive working relationships with Branch excecutives, local Bench committees and Justices' Clerks as well as Local Liason and Diversion Teams.
Within this framework the role of the champion is to:
Many champions have used this resource to help develop and deliver awareness training for magistrates, and representatives from the Prison Reform Trust and members of the of the Working for Justice Group (people with a learning disability) are often invited to speak at events aimed towards raising local awareness.
For more information, contact the Magistrates' Association
For further information on the Prison Reform Trust:
Phone 020 7251 5070Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on Rethink Mental Illness:
Phone 0300 5000 927Email email@example.com
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