The PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence) Act 1984 introduced the role of the appropriate adult – providing people to support and counsel inmates. The role is independent from the police, welfare or lawyers and ensures that support is available for young people in police custody.
Local authorities have a legal obligation to provide young people with an appropriate adult while in detention. For adults with additional support needs and young people detained for police questioning, appropriate adult volunteers ensure that processes are conducted as they should, their rights are respected and their well-being is not. not forgotten.
In 2017/2018, the ACT Appropriate Adult Service responded to a total of 2,854 of which 1,749 were vulnerable adults and 1,105 were minors.
The appropriate adult service operates in Suffolk 7 days a week, on a rotating basis and, from October 2018, will also include Norfolk. This is mainly facilitated by volunteers. If you would like to consider becoming a volunteer, you can choose in advance times that are convenient for you. We ask for a minimum volunteering requirement of 4 hours per fortnight where you will be on call at your local police investigation center.
You will receive comprehensive training and be supported by the Anglia Care Trust team. You will be able to attend police interviews with experienced volunteers until you feel comfortable working on your own. All mileage costs will be covered.
This program is managed by Anglia Care Trust. For more information and to apply, please visit their website.
You can also call Anglia Care Trust at 01473 622888/07918 083 632 or by mail : [email protected]