Family members are often asked to act as an appropriate adult.
Guidance provided to family members is not always detailed enough to enable them to act effectively.
The information provided below is intended to help for parents, carers and other untrained AAs help a person as effectively as possible.
- Being an appropriate adult: an independent guide (NAAN, 2021) [1 page summary + 10 pages of detail]
A quick guide to being an appropriate adult (NAAN, 2018) [Print at home onto 1 page of A4 doublesided. Fold into three sections]
- Guidance for appropriate adults (Home Office, 2003)
You may also like to read the following pages on this website:
- FAQs (NAAN)
If you are acting as an AA for a child, and they are being held in police custody after being charged, you may also find this guidance helpful:
- Local authority accommodation transfers under PACE s.38(6) (NAAN)
A number of temporary measures are in place due to coronavirus.
In addition to our detailed guidance above, we recommend you download:
- Which procedures does an AA have to be present for, and which could be done remotely?
- The Joint Interim Interview Protocol.
You may also wish to read the Youth Justice Board's publication, Coronavirus and the police: a guide for under 18s.
Family members are not always in a position to act as a person's appropriate adult. This might be because they are unavailable, unsuitable (for example if they may be a witness) or they simply don't feel they are the right person to take on the role.
Within the NAAN membership, there are many local organised schemes which can provide a trained appropriate adult.
If you feel your family member needs an appropriate adult, please see our guide to finding an appropriate adult.