Posted: Thursday 4th January 2018
Have you made a New Year’s Resolution to start volunteering?
If you’re still looking for the right position, please consider becoming an ‘Appropriate Adult’ with Hertfordshire Youth Justice Service.
If a child or young person is detained, the law requires that an independent adult is available to safeguard their rights and civil liberties on their behalf. This person can be a parent, carer, or an ‘Appropriate Adult’.
An Appropriate Adult volunteer is provided with training to ensure that they can take care of the young person’s physical and/or emotional welfare in custody, to make sure they understand what they are being asked, and to ensure that police procedures are carried out correctly. This volunteer will also ensure that the young person’s legal rights, as identified by the law, are protected, and to minimise the risk of the interview producing unreliable evidence.
We’re looking for a diverse range of volunteers from different religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to help with this important work.
Appropriate Adult volunteers indicate their availability ahead of time and will be placed on an agreed rota. The number of slots you volunteer for is up to you, and they can change each month.
Training sessions for volunteers will be held in police stations during February, so get in touch today.
For more information about the role, or to receive an application form, just email Pip.Lake-Benson@hertfordshire.gov.uk
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