No, we do not recruit appropriate adults ourselves. However, as the national membership charity for local AA schemes (and anyone else interested in appropriate adults) we offer information and we can help you find a local scheme.
Visit our becoming an appropriate adult section to find out more.
Yes. appropriate adults are required for voluntary interviews of children and vulnerable adults who are suspected of an offence.
No, it is not the role of the appropriate adult to support victims or witnesses. There are different services for these groups. For more information on support for victims and witnesses visit: -
- Contact your Police and Crime Commissioner (who commissions services locally)
- Victim's Information Service
- Victim Support
- Citizens Advice Witness Service
- Ministry of Justice Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings (sections 2.201 – 2.208)
- Ministry of Justice Code of Practice for Victims of Crime - (paragraph 1.32)
- CPS Victims and Witnesses who have Mental Health Issues and/or Learning Disabilities
- College of Policing Working with victims and witnesses: Vulnerable or intimidated witness
The appropriate adult has no role in court.
A court may decide to allow a vulnerable defendant to have an 'appropriate companion' or support worker. There are no detailed guidelines for these roles and they are not the same as an appropriate adult under PACE.
Defendants with a high level of communications needs may be provided with a communications specialist known as an 'intermediary'. It is up to the judges to decide whether one is needed. The intermediary provides an independent, professional assessment and clear recommendations to the court. They may be provided for part of the trial or all of it. Providers of intermediaries include:
The role of an AA in local authority age asessment interviews is not the same as that in the criminal justice system and NAAN does not provide guidance for the role. Please see the: