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Where a child or other vulnerable person is to be interviewed, it is generally accepted that they should have the opportunity to have an appropriate adult present during the interview. The role of the appropriate adult was first set out in the context of criminal law and is defined in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act PACE guidance. This guidance specifically states that the appropriate adult is not simply an observer. In the age assessment context, the courts have found that a child should have the opportunity to have an appropriate adult present.
The principal intention of the AA safeguard was to reduce the risk of miscarriages of justice as a result of evidence being obtained from vulnerable suspects which, by virtue of their vulnerability, led to unsafe and unjust convictions. The role of the appropriate adult is to safeguard the interests, rights, entitlements and welfare of children and vulnerable people who are suspected of a criminal offence, by ensuring that they are treated in a fair and just manner and are able to participate effectively. The main outcomes for children and vulnerable people are that they are:.
The role of the AA is defined in Code C 1. Change, Grow, Live is commissioned by the Youth Justice Services YJSs of South Yorkshire to provide fully trained volunteer AAs to support all vulnerable suspects when parents or carers are unable or unwilling to attend with the exception of suspects under 18years of age who are being dealt with during office hours in relation to offences in Rotherham when Rotherham YJS will provide the AA. CGL Volunteer AAs may be called upon to support people through any of the following police procedures, most of which are conducted in purpose built and risk assessed South Yorkshire Custody Suites
The Police and Criminal Evidence Act PACE created the role of Appropriate Adult to ensure that adults who have learning disabilities or mental health problems who are questioned in police custody:. A person who is assessed as vulnerable must legally have an appropriate adult to support them. Appropriate adults can be friends or family members. The scheme operates from 8am to 10pm, seven days per week.
This chapter explains the role of the Appropriate Adult in relation to children or young people who are arrested by the police. For the purposes of this document "young person" refers to those aged 10 - 18 years inclusive. When a person is arrested by the police and taken to a police station they have three basic rights:.