There’s a fifteen year old boy in the police cells suspected of a criminal offence. His parents say they’ve had enough and washed their hands of him. He needs the support of an Appropriate Adult* – could that be you?

Appropriate Adults are needed when a parent is not able to attend a police interview involving their child. Sometimes they can’t be present because they’re a witness or somehow involved in the case. So the police will ask for an AA from CANW.

CANW is expanding its AA services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria. We are seeking local people in all locations to act as AA’s for young people and vulnerable adults. You will receive full training and remuneration for the hours that you work – in return we ask that you are available for a few hours a week to attend your local Police Station when required.

An AA is home based and receives pay from leaving home to returning home!

If you think you could support young people and vulnerable adults in police custody then please contact; CANW Appropriate Adult Service. You can download our application form from the website; apply and return your application to HR CANW.

An Appropriate Adult in accordance with Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and National Standard Guidance ensure the Rights of the Detainee are Safeguarded and Promoted within the Custody Setting.


Outline of Service: 

 In accordance with PACE 84 and National Standard Guidance to ensure the rights of the young people and adults are safeguarded and promoted within the custody setting. This service runs 365 days per year across pan Lancashire and Authorities within Greater Manchester.


  • Provide an AA service for Young People and Adults as per current guidance
  • To provide support and advice to parents acting as AA
  • To provide detailed reports to the YJS of all young people for whom the service as acted within 1 working day following the intervention.
  • To negotiate with the police in relation to Voluntary attendance requests
  • To provide a service for all CIOC who are arrested
  • To provide quarterly updates on the performance of the service
  • To ensure that the service provided meets the required national standards
  • To work in partnership with Police, YJS, Courts and EDT
  • To work in accordance of National Association of Appropriate Adult Network




Very important if interested in role please complete a Availability Questionnaire as part of your application.   

Posted On:Friday 26th June 2015
Closing On:Ongoing
Department:Criminal Justice
Hours of Work:Out of hours
Area of Work:Home based with work across Custody Suites.






Blackburn with Darwen


Greater Manchester: 






North Manchester

Cheadle Heath (Stockport)








Reporting to:Criminal Justice Team Manager
Job Description:The Criminal Justice Team is looking to appoint Appropriate Adults to work with Young People (aged 10-17) and Vulnerable Adults held in police custody stations. The Appropriate Adult service supports young people and vulnerable adults when they have been detained for interview, seven days a week between the hours of 9.00am and 12.00midnight, 365 days a year.  To become an Appropriate Adult it is essential to be a positive, non-judgemental person and have a respectful attitude towards all people. You will need good listening and communications skills and be responsible for maintaining accurate written paperwork.
For More Details:Please contact Faith Marriott/Barbara Terech on 01254 248061
To Apply:Please visit:



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