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Appropriate Adult (RB)

Volunteer Appropriate Adults help young people and vulnerable adults who are in a custody centre. Many of the individuals you may meet may have mental health issues. This is done through making contact with the adult or young person, checking they understand their rights, supporting them during interview and during the immediate outcome, and checking the custody record. Volunteers may also be present for other procedures such as identity parades, fingerprint searches, DNA sampling and photographing.

The role of the appropriate adult is not to provide legal advice but to offer impartial support and be a friendly face in the absence of a family member or carer, to people who may be feeling frightened, bewildered, and confused in an unfamiliar situation. You will receive AA training and attend meetings to ensure you feel confident. 

Volunteers need to commit to a six hour slot in a week and it would be useful if they could cover at least two out of the main police stations in Surrey. You must be willing, where necessary, to challenge the police on any actions or decisions you feel are unsuitable in a specific case As an appropriate adult you'll join a team of local volunteers and will be on call at times to suit you. 

The stations being Guildford, Salfords and Staines .Therefore your own transport may be necessary. We are looking for volunteers who can offer us a long term commitment.

What skills do I need?

  • No formal qualifications are required.
  • We are looking for people who have time to offer to the scheme, who are flexible and ideally have their own transport and who have a mature outlook.
  • Volunteers will need to have life skills, be non-judgmental and clear thinking with the ability to remain emotionally detached.
  • To have your own reliable transport or live within 15 minutes walking distance of the allocated custody suite.

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SAAVS - Surrey Appropriate Adult Volunteer Service (CSVA)

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  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Response
  • Mental Health
  • Prisoners & Ex-Offenders
  • Young People


  • Advice and Information
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Work


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
    A clean DBS check will be needed.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 10/02/2015

End Date: 31/08/2020

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Availability Details

SAAVS covers the three custody suites in Surrey, Guildford, Staines and Salfords. Volunteers are required to cover one or more of these suites. We provide a 24 hour 365 days a year service. As an Appropriate Adult you will join a team of local volunteers. You will be expected to own a shift of approximately 6 - 12 hours per week (this can be divided) and you will need to respond to custody in a swift and professional manner. You will need to have access to reliable transport. Every Appropriate Adult is enhanced DBS checked and undertakes a full induction training programme prior to joining a team. All Appropriate Adults are required to attend on-going training opportunities.

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