Opportunity Details


Organisation: General     Date Posted: 06/12/2021

Opportunity: Appropriate Adult Volunteer

Opportunity Code: VH104-10179

Closing Date to Apply: -

To act as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ for people with mild to moderate mental health needs and/or learning disabilities who are being interviewed by police officers in custody

•Respond to requests from the Police, external agencies or organisations staff to attend as an Appropriate Adult by presenting to the front desk at the police station
•Agree availability with co-ordinator to be on the Appropriate Adult rota
•Be able to attend the station as soon as possible, maximum of 90 minutes of request when on duty
•Sit in on interviews carried out by the police to assist, advise and facilitate communication, this may include being present whilst they are strip searched and/or drug tested
•Ensure that the person in custody is treated fairly by police officers, whilst being questioned in custody
•Complete the appropriate Mind paperwork to record information relating to the AA process and ensure that this is forwarded to the organisations project in a timely manner
•Contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator to inform of your availability for the service each week and once agreed, ensure that you can be contacted at this time
•Contact organisations staff to report in and out of the service, following the agreed safety procedures
•Provide onward referral information to relevant Mind services to support detained persons.

1x days' worth of training
Attend a Custody tour at Middlesbrough Police Station
References x2
E-learning- 8 mandatory modules to complete
Policies to read

Volunteers will have the opportunity to shadow an experienced volunteer after the training and DBS clearance.

Must be 18+

Time needed from Volunteer:
Volunteers will be on rota for either a 5- or 6-hour shift and will attend custody when requested, ensuring that service-users are treated fairly and in accordance with PACE guidelines / legislation. The service is 24/7 and split into 4 shifts per day:
Midday- 6pm

Skills Experience & Qualifications:
•Excellent communication skills
•Listening skills
•Ability to offer support and empathy
•Plan workload and be flexible
•Report writing / form filling ability
Commitment to the organisations aims and objectives
•Commitment to meeting service-user’s needs
•Open and non-judgemental attitude
•Enthusiastic approach towards helping the client group

Experience of working with people who have:

•mental health needs
•learning disabilities
•offending behaviour
•other vulnerability

Knowledge of:
•issues facing offenders/ex-offenders
•police custody / criminal justice system
•mental health issues

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