National Standards Launched

10/07/13 - Publication

The National Appropriate Adult Network (NAAN) has published revised National Standards for Appropriate Adult schemes.

Appropriate Adults have recently received increase public attention following a recent high profile High Court judgement that 17 year olds must not be treated as adults in police detention.

The 2013 National Standards feature a number of revised and new elements including on; employee and volunteer checks; maximum response times; monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance systems; personal training records and links with liaison and diversion services.

The standards reflect recommendations included in the Joint Criminal Justice Inspection report Who's Looking Out for the Children and were developed with the support of a working group of scheme managers and in consultation with the Youth Justice Board and the Association of Chief Police Officers.

NAAN's National Standards, which have been approved by the Home Office and Department of Health, form part of Strategic Standard 14 in the YJB National Standards for Youth Justice Services.

NAAN's Chief Executive, Chris Bath, said: "The recent judicial review illustrated that Appropriate Adults can be the difference between life and death. National Standards enable service providers, commissioners and policy makers to encourage and extend best practice. Achieving the standards means ensuring the welfare and rights of children and vulnerable adults and increasing public confidence in our justice system."

Find out more about the National Standards 2013.