Appropriate Adult volunteer

Support young people aged from 10-17 years when they have been arrested and held in police custody.

Specific tasks

  • Support and assist the young person.
  • Ensure the young person understands their rights.
  • Ensure that the police act fairly and respect the rights of the young person.
  • Ensure effective communication between the young person, police and others.
  • Raise any concerns around the safety and wellbeing of the young person.


  • Post-training commitment - Minimum one year.
  • Rota availability - Minimum of four sessions per month.
  • Sessions - Daytimes or evenings (seven days a week).


  • West Sussex
  • Custody suites:
    • Crawley
    • Worthing.

Selection criteria/skills required

  • Over 19 years old.
  • Live within a 30-minute journey of chosen custody suite.
  • An interest in, and empathy for, young people.
  • Non-judgemental attitude.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to be appropriately assertive.
  • Professional approach to the role.
  • Able to respect and operate within service policies and procedures.
  • Commitment to, and engagement with ongoing support, training and development.

Benefits/commitment to the volunteer

  • The chance to gain first-hand experience of police procedures and the youth justice system.
  • Full training, ongoing support and role development sessions.
  • Reimbursement of transport cost and/or mileage allowance at 45p per mile.
  • WSCC Public Liability Insurance.
Last updated:
21 June 2021
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