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Membership benefits
These days we all have to justify every pound, so we’ve been working hard to make membership even more rewarding. Here are some of the practical benefits for your organisation in 2018/19.


Access to iKAAN for you and every single one of your AAs. Our ‘internet Knowledgebase for the AA Network’ is an online resource for front-line practitioners. It breaks down the complexities of PACE, its Codes and other sources of law and combines it with best practice guidance in a simple Q&A format. This gives your trained AAs a fully-referenced guide that ensures they always have the information they need.
Training Resources
Access to the National AA Training Pack, a critical resource for those training AAs. Following a major revision in May 2017, we’re making regular updates to make ensure the latest resources. The pack now includes 23 hours of learning set over 9 modules and 224 pages, including a new dedicated module for terrorism investigations. There are also a number of NAAN training videos and we’ll be hunting out and sharing third party videos that support AA training.
Individual advice and support
It can be difficult to access technical support within your own organisation. As primary contact, you will have access to our Effective Practice Manager. Having run AA schemes for some 20 years and acted as AA in around 2,000 cases, Grev Wallington is fantastic source of support on practice and scheme management issues.
Professional development days
Up to two free tickets to each of our three events. PDDs are a great opportunity for local scheme leaders to hear from experts and share questions, ideas and experiences with others. They are also valuable for AAs and related professionals. Membership includes access to PDD speaker presentations and videos from the days, making it easy to cascade learning to the rest of the team.
As primary contact you'll receive updates by email relevant to AA provision. These include changes to law and best practice, new resources and upcoming events. We don’t like to bombard your inbox but we’re on track to send around 50 e-updates this year.
Members have access to our new accredited AA qualifications service. The learning outcomes of these three Ofqual-regulated qualifications are aligned with the NAAN training pack. Subject to local training delivery meeting required standards, this provides a simple and cost-effective route to offering AAs the chance to obtain a formal qualification. Additional ‘per learner’ fees apply, see NAAN website for details.
Scheme leader knowledgebase
In April/May, we’ll be launching a new resource; something we think of as ‘iKAAN for scheme leaders’. It will be an online reference resource holding information, resources and templates for scheme coordination and management, aiming to make scheme leaders more efficient and effective. We intend to grow an develop it over the coming months and years.
Other benefits
Your membership also provides indirect benefits to your organisation via our work to improve the wider environment for AA schemes. This year that has included:
  • Developing a new resource for AA commissioners and in-house scheme developers to improve their understanding and drive improvements in resourcing of AA schemes
  • Developing a new, evidence-based set of National Standards for AA provision, including the first standards for individual AA practice.
  • Encouraging central and local government to develop a clear, sustainable solution to funding for AAs for adults (a new Home Office 'partnership agreement' for PCCs and Directors of Adult Social Care will be published soon).
  • Contributing the AA perspective to national forums, working groups and consultations including the PACE Code consultations.

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 other benefits?

In addition to those listed above, membership brings other benefits for organisations and individuals involved or interested in, appropriate adult work. These include:-
  • Influencing national policy
  • Demonstrating your commitment to the National Standards and use the Self-Assessment Tool to guide the development of your AA scheme
  • Additional members resources, such as the Research Hub

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 £200 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. Our preferred payment method is BACS / bank transfer. If you are unable to pay via this method, please get in touch. .

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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