National Appropriate Adult Network: Professional Development Day and AGM 20...
Appropriate adult at the police station
In English law , an appropriate adult is a parent, guardian or social worker; or if no person matching this is available, any responsible person over The term was introduced as part of the policing reforms in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and applies in England and Wales. In England and Wales, an appropriate adult must be called by police whenever they detain or interview a child under the age of 18  or vulnerable adult.
Police officers detained and interviewed vulnerable suspects without an appropriate adult present more than , times last year in England and Wales, according to a charity report. The failure by officers to provide assistance, chiefly to those with mental illness, autism or learning disabilities, leaves them at risk of miscarriages of justice, the National Appropriate Adult Network Naan has warned. The survey, which reveals marginal improvements on similar research four years ago, reinforces calls for the Home Office to create a statutory duty to provide help for vulnerable adults in police stations.