Acting as an appropriate adult
Family members are often asked to act as an appropriate adult. Guidance provided to family members is not always detailed enough to enable them to act effectively. The information provided below is intended to help untrained appropriate adult do the best possible job for their family member.
- Detailed guide to being an appropriate adult for parents, carers and other untrained AAs (NAAN)
Short guide to being an appropriate adult for parents, carers and other untrained AAs (NAAN) [Designed to be printed double-sided and folded into a small leaflet]
- Frequently Asked Questions (NAAN)
- Local authority accommodation transfers under PACE s.38(6) (NAAN)
- Guidance for parents, carers and other untrained AAs (Home Office, 2003)
Finding a trained appropriate adult
Family members are not always in a position to act as a person's appropriate adult. This might be because they are unavailable, unsuitable (for example if they may be a witness) or they simply don't feel they are the right person to take on the role. Within the NAAN membership, there are many local organised schemes which can provide a trained appropriate adult.
- If you feel your family member needs an appropriate adult, please see our guide to finding an appropriate adult.
- Information on complaining about unfair treatment (NAAN, 2015)
- If you would like to make a complaint about an appropriate adult scheme, you can find their contact details using our Network Map.
- If you would like to make a complaint about the police, you can follow this guide provided by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
- Complaints about the police - a factsheet from Rethink Mental Illness