Youth Justice Service Appropriate Adult volunteers

Hertfordshire Youth Justice Service is looking to recruit and train additional volunteer Appropriate Adults to support children and young people who are suspected of a criminal offence. 

What will I be doing?

Volunteers will attend the police station to:

  • support a young person arrested on suspicion of committing an offence
  • ensure they understand what they are asked
  • ensure they are treated fairly
  • sit in on recorded interviews.

What skills or experience do I need?

There's no particular skill or experience, but it's important to have:

  • good communication
  • patience
  • a non-judgemental attitude
  • the confidence to question or challenge authority figures
  • the ability to protect the confidentiality of the young person.

How much time do I need to give?

There's no minimum time commitment.  Volunteers send in their availability each month indicating the periods they're able to go on a rota. 

There are 2 rotas, one for Stevenage and one for Hatfield, and each day is divided into 3 sessions. 

If an Appropriate Adult is required the police will contact the person on the rota for that time, at the police station where the young person is in custody. 

Where will I be located?

There are two police stations with custody suites, Stevenage and Hatfield. When you send in your availability you nominate whether you can go to just one of these or if you're willing to go to both.

What will I gain from the role?

You'll be carrying out a vital role that supports young people facing a difficult situation. You'll be ensuring they understand what is being asked of them and making sure they are treated fairly. 

What support will I be given?

Support meetings are held 4 times a year where you'll meet other appropriate adults, receive training, and have an opportunity to share experiences.  

You'll also have access to the scheme coordinator should you have any concerns.

How do I find out more?

Please email: Pip.Lake-Benson@hertfordshire.gov.uk