Have you thought about volunteering? Our Appropriate Adult service, which operates throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire, is holding training sessions at various locations in March.

Appropriate Adults represent young people who have been arrested and don't have anyone to accompany them to the initial police interview. When any young person aged between 10 and 17 years of age is arrested and is to be interviewed under caution by the police, there are strict controls. By law, the young person must be accompanied by what is called an ‘Appropriate Adult’; a responsible person over the age of 18. Under usual circumstances that person would be a parent or carer, but when young people are arrested the circumstances are often far from normal.

Our Appropriate Adult volunteers play an important role in  looking after the welfare of the young person for the time he or she is in custody. They are not interested in why they have been arrested or in their alleged offence: they are there to make sure the young person understands what is happening, can communicate what it is they want to say and to ensure that they are being treated as the law says they should be. An Appropriate Adult will go to the relevant police station, meet the young person and be with him or her through the various procedures and the police interview.

Details of the training sessions are as follows:

Worcester 18th and 20th March 

Telford 30th March and 1st April

We recruit volunteers from all walks of life and, while we do not expect you to have any specific education or formal qualifications, you must be 18 years old or over and we do look for particular qualities. We provide full support and training. 

For further information about the role,  please see https://www.yss.org.uk/appropriate-adult

You can also email our volunteer co-ordinator, Laura  [email protected] or call her on 01905 730780; she'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.