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Hertfordshire County Council

Appropriate Adults support children and young people when they are arrested and detained at a police station. 

What you'll be doing

When a child/young person is arrested and detained at a police station, you'll be required to be present during their interview and other processes such as a strip-search. This is a requirement for any child/young person arrested and detained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. 

Skills and experience

Experience isn't necessary as training is provided. However, the ability to engage with young people in crisis and talk with confidence to those in authority would be beneficial.

Time you need to give

We are looking for people who can commit to at least two years of volunteering. You will be on a rota at least twice a month to be called out by the police. 

Where you'll be located

You be asked to travel to Stevenage and/or Hatfield Police Station.

What you'll gain from the role

This is an exciting opportunity if you are interested in the criminal justice system, the welfare of children and the provision of service without discrimination on any ground and you are willing to.

Support you'll be given

To prepare you for this important role, you'll be given Appropriate Adult training. This consists of five 2.5 hour in-person group training modules, with some home-study/tasks to complete between the modules. The final session is usually held in the training rooms at Stevenage police station, which includes a question and answer panel session and visit to the custody area. 


If you are using public transport or your own vehicle, you'll receive travel expenses to and from training days and when you are called out to the police stations.

How to apply

To have an informal discussion about the role, training or application process please contact Vanessa Bunn or Jan Coe on 01442 388755 or email or  

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