APPROPRIATE ADULT

JOB DESCRIPTION

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • To act as an Appropriate Adult in support of either a child (between 10-17 years) or vulnerable adult within Code C of the Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (2019)

  • To ensure that the detained person, for whom you are acting as an Appropriate Adult, understands

  • what is happening to them and why in order to be able to fully participate in their own custody experience.

  • TAAS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to always have this at the centre of their role in line with all current legislation

 

KEY DUTIES

 

  1. To fulfil the Appropriate Adult role at designated custody suites/nominated venues in line with Code C, all other relevant Codes  (A-H) and within the scheme guidelines and training.

  2. To facilitate communication ensuring rights and entitlements, processes and procedures are fully understood whilst in custody/nominated venue.

  3. To ensure the individual is treated fairly during any interview under caution and any other procedure/process.

  4. To discuss with the custody officer any concerns and requests arising from the call-out and bring the custody officer’s attention to any issue that needs to be dealt with.

  5. To advise and inform the individual of the benefits of legal advice.

  6. To accurately complete information as requested on an app on your smart device.

  7. To attend initial, follow up and mandatory training as requested.

  8. To attend staff meetings, supervisions and appraisals as required.

  9. To actively ensure that Safeguarding concerns are identified, recorded and reported in line with training.

  10. To clearly demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, engaging with a diverse range of individuals, situations, and circumstances.

  11. Show a clear commitment to respect, value and celebrate diversity.

 

 

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by the individual support needs of each individual.

 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

  • OVER 21 years of age

 

  • Own/have access to a smart phone or tablet that you are prepared to use for work.

 

  • Attend virtual Interviews/ training / meetings when required using a microphone and webcam.

 

  • Possess basic IT skills, i.e send and receive emails, use the internet/browser, complete online rota/forms (Rota and App Training provided)

 

  • Live within an hour's travelling distance of advertised police stations

 

  • Be reliable, punctual, professional, polite, flexible and helpful at all times.

 

  • Have the ability to work proactively as an individual whilst remaining part of a geographically widespread team.

 

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including over the telephone, in person and written.

 

  • Be able to complete reports clearly, concisely and accurately in a timely manner.

 

  • Have the ability to meet deadlines under pressure.

 

  • Possess active listening skills

 

  • Have the ability to recognise and respond to non-verbal communication.

 

  • Be able to demonstrate an objective, independent, impartial, non-judgmental attitude at all times.

 

  • Maintain confidentiality within context of the role.

 

  • Share a commitment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children/vulnerable adults.

 

DESIRABLE CRITERIA

 

  • Lived , paid or volunteer experience with children or vulnerable adults

 

  • Have a basic understanding role of the Appropriate Adult prior to interview/training

 

  • Be available for on-call/work outside of normal office hours including evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays (including Easter, Christmas and New Year)

 

  • To have read/be familiar with Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Code C

 

  • To have an understanding and awareness of safeguarding policies and procedures

 

  • Be aware of the definition of equality, diversity and implicit bias whilst actively striving to recognise, confront and challenge discriminatory situations/practices if they arise.

 

  • Hold a full driving licence and own/have access to a vehicle

 

  • Own/have access to a printer

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