Model 4: Private sector coordinated volunteers


A private commercial organisation is commissioned to co-ordinate and deliver the scheme. 

Appropriate adults

Appropriate adults are volunteers from the local community.


Via contract by open tender.


Costs are usually fixed so do not rise or fall in-year dependent on call out volume.


The private organisation employs staff to co-ordinate volunteers and administrative support. The co-ordinator manages all recruitment, initial training, ongoing development, rotas, supervision and support for appropriate adults and the reporting of management information to the commissioner. Co-ordination and administration is more likely to occur at national and/or regional level (rather than locally). 


Depending on local arrangements, police may contact the provider directly for AAs, or may have to go via the funding organisation (i.e. social services or YOT).

Information sharing

Sharing of case information is dependent on local protocols and agreements.

Example area

West Yorkshire

Example provider

The Appropriate Adult Service

on Monday December 11 by chrisbath
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