Research

Vulnerability Research Network


In 2019/20, NAAN worked with Dr Harriet Pierpoint and Dr Roxanna Dehaghani to establish the British Society of Criminology's Vulnerability Research Network. 

The VRN brings together academics, practitioners, and policy makers together to establish a 'state of the art' criminal justice vulnerabilities research agenda. One of its key themes is "Policing and vulnerability" and this will include research around the effectiveness and impact of appropriate adults. 

For NAAN, this was a way to continue to encourage academic interest in the work of AAs, and translate it into real world impacts. It will help NAAN ensure all of its work is evidence-based, from standards, to training to qualifications. AA schemes will benefit from evaluations of their impact and working practices.

There are lots ways to get involved. You don't need to be an academic - you just need to have an interest. To find out more, click on the following links:  

  • Check out the BSC VRN webpage    
  • Follow the BSC VRN on Twitter 
  • Sign up for the (free) launch event in October 2020 (limited places) 
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Sign up to the mailing list.

There to Help 

The There to Help research series focuses on vunerable adult suspects. 

  • There to Help 2 (2019) Ensuring provision of appropriate adults for vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by police. An update on progress 2013/14 to 2017/18
  • There to Help (2015): Ensuring provision of appropriate adults for mentally vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by police (Home Secretary's Commission)

National Survey Reports 

The National Survey Reports were conducted as snapshots of AA provision. 

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