Appropriate Adults (VSNS)
The Appropriate Adult Service offers support to vulnerable adults and young people who find themselves detained in Police custody. Being an Appropriate Adult is a challenging, fulfilling and often rewarding role.
What will be expected of me? You don’t need previous knowledge of legal procedures or social work. 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. As an Appropriate Adult you’ll join a team of local volunteers and will be on call at times to suit you. You will be available to answer a call to custody in a swift and professional manner, in all weathers and with very little notice. You will offer vital support to those who need it when they need it most.
How do you become an Appropriate Adult? Every Appropriate Adult is DBS checked and given training before joining a team. Each team covers one or more of Surrey’s custody suites in Salfords, Guildford or Staines. Although Appropriate Adults work independently Team Leaders are on hand to provide support and guidance and ongoing training is given on a regular basis. The service SAAVS provide is 24 hour for 365 days of the year and each volunteer is responsible for a regular weekly time slot of 6/8 hours.
What skills do I need?
You must be aged 23 or above and have your own reliable transport or live within 15 minutes walking distance of the allocated custody suite. No previous experience is required. You should be confident and assertive and able to make representations on behalf of the vulnerable detainee. Be patient and be willing and have the ability to support individuals regardless of colour, creed, gender, disability or sexuality. You will have to be able to use email to transmit custody visit reports and be readily contactable by landline or mobile phone.
- Age restrictions
You must be aged 23 or above
- DBS check required
- Ongoing support
Although Appropriate Adults work independently Team Leaders are on hand to provide support and guidance
- Training provided
ongoing training is given on a regular basis
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 02/08/2017
End Date: 02/08/2020
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