Volunteering opportunities directory - Appropriate adult

As a volunteer appropriate adult you will support a young person who has been arrested and requires an adult to oversee their detention and interview at the police station.

Volunteers ensure that young people’s rights are adhered to and they receive the care they require whilst in police custody.

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and accompanying Codes of Practice ensure that whenever a young person under the age of 17 is detained and questioned at a police station he or she must be accompanied by an independent adult known as the 'appropriate adult'.

The appropriate adult is there to safeguard the young person’s rights and civil liberties, aid communication between the young person and the police and look after their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Benefits to the volunteer

  • an opportunity to have a positive impact on the young person's life
  • a chance to use and develop your own skills and experience of working with young people
  • giving something back to the community
  • access to initial and on-going training

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