Who should join NAAN?

NAAN membership is open to:
  • Organisations operating appropriate adult schemes (full membership)
  • Any other organisation or individual with an interest (associate membership)
Our current membership includes:
  • AA schemes
  • AA commissioners
  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Police forces
  • Individuals
Find out more about the benefits of NAAN membership.

Do I have to join to be an AA?

No. Individuals do not need to become members of NAAN in order to be an appropriate adult. Members of NAAN are typically organisations. When you act as an AA for a local scheme, they should provide you with the training and support you need.

What are the benefits?

Membership brings many benefits for organisations and individuals involved or interested in, appropriate adult work. These include:-

  • Receive regular e-updates relevant to AA provision
  • Obtain expert advice and support with delivering, developing or commissioning effective AA provision
  • Book up to two free tickets to each Professional Development Day (PDD)
  • Download the National Training Pack (8 modules fully updated in 2017)
  • View videos to support both the initial training and professional development of AAs
  • Access the Members' section of the website (including the Research Hub, Development Templates, Budget Calculator and presentations from past PDDs)
  • Demonstrate your commitment to the National Standards and use the Self-Assessment Tool to guide the development of your AA scheme
  • Access to iKAAN for all your AAs (our comprehensive web resource for trained AAs)

Download a leaflet on the benefits of NAAN membership

Which membership type?

Under its governing document NAAN has two types of membership, with different eligibilty criteria. The benefits of membership and fees are the same. However, full members have a controlling stake in the organisation. 

Full Membership

Open to organisations in England and Wales currently operating appropriate adult services. Includes the right to nominate one representative for election to Board of Trustees and to vote on its behalf at General Meetings.

Associate Membership

Open to organisations and individuals in the United Kingdom connected with appropriate adult services, for example: -
  • Appropriate adults*
  • Local authorities
  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Organisations interested in developing appropriate adult services
  • Organisations specialising in specific conditions
  • Service user organisations  
  • Police forces
  • Legal practices
  • People with an interest in promoting good practice in the role of the appropriate adult
Associate members have the right to attend and speak but not to vote at General Meetings. They cannot nominate a representative for election to the Board of Trustees.

*You are not required to become a member of NAAN in order to be an AA. Your local scheme will provide you with support. See our information on becoming an appropriate adult.

Who decides on applications?

Under our governing document, applications for membership must be reviewed and agreed by the Board of Trustees. The Board meets quarterly but every effort is made to review applications as soon as possible and this is often done by email.

What are the fees?

Membership fee

The annual membership fee is currently £150 for both Full and Associate Members.

Please note that membership for one part of a larger, multi-part, multi-site or federal organisations does not automatically bestow membership on other parts of that organisation. We're happy to discuss this before or after you've submitted your application.


Fees do not become due until your application has been accepted. We recommend payment for membership fees is made by BACS / bank transfer. We can accept cheques if necessary however, this may delay processing. We regret we are unable to accept credit or debit card payments.

Member Protocol

The National Appropriate Adult Network (NAAN) is committed to improving both the range and quality of appropriate adult services in England and Wales. In order to do this effectively, we ask all members to operate under the following protocol.

Commitment to Confidentiality

One of the key tools the network has is the networking opportunities offered to its members through conferences, network meetings and other events. For networking to be effective, members need to be able to share thoughts, concerns, issues and suggestions in an environment of mutual respect and trust. At times, sensitive information about scheme operations or finances may be discussed. 

By applying for membership, your organisation:
  • agrees to treat all such sensitive information in confidence
  • agrees not to repeat confidential information about other schemes outside the network
  • agrees not to make use of such information directly in the event of seeking a contract in competition with other NAAN members
Commitment to Fair Competition

NAAN recognises that members may legitimately compete for contracts with other members. By applying for membership, your organisation: 
  • agrees not to make misleading claims about their own service in this process
  • agrees not to undermine, directly or indirectly, the method of work or professionalism of other members.

Commitment to Equality & Diversity

NAAN is committed to equal opportunities and recognises the value of diversity in the delivery of services. By applying for membership, your organisation: 
  • agrees to make every effort to manage their projects in accordance with Equal Opportunity principles
  • confirms their commitment to encouraging and enabling diversity.

Please read the Member Protocol above before proceeding with an application. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07739 904858.

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