Appropriate Adult Schemes
NAAN's National Standards have been approved by the Home Office and the Department of Health. They are included under Strategic Standard 14 in the National Standards for Youth Justice Services, set by the Secretary of State for Justice on advice from the Youth Justice Board. NAAN members have access to a self-assessment tool.
Strategic standard 14 of the National Standards for Youth Justice 2013 states:
Ensure that a local policy/protocol is in place which outlines the provision of an Appropriate Adult service (as required by section 38 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998) in line with the National Appropriate Adult Network’s National Standards.
Ensure that this policy makes provision within and outside office hours, and for young people who may be interviewed under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) while remanded or sentenced in custody whether within or outside the local authority area.