The Role of the Appropriate Adult

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Course Overview

Society recognises that vulnerable adults, particularly those suffering from mental illness or disorder, may need particular assistance and support designed to meet their needs.

In response, the introduction of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) outlined the powers of the police and in part laid down the foundations for the appointment of an Appropriate Adult; a designated person whose role it is to assist a vulnerable adult when they are arrested and detained by the police.

This course examines the background to and role of the Appropriate Adult and will provide viewers with practical hints and tips which can be used when assisting vulnerable adults detained in the police station in practice.

In addition, this course will consider the following topics:

  • The rights of the Appropriate Adult and the part they play in assisting vulnerable adults
  • National Appropriate Adult Network Standards
  • Rights of vulnerable adults in relation to medical treatment whilst being detained

What are the requirements?

  • Watch 1 hour recorded webinar
  • This course provides one CPD point.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Know who can and cannot act as an Appropriate Adult
    • Understand the role of the Appropriate Adult
    • Be aware of the rights of the Appropriate Adult
    • Feel more confident when representing vulnerable adults and interacting with Appropriate Adults at the police station

What is the target audience?

  • This course is essential viewing for criminal law practitioners of all levels including trainees, paralegals and legal executives. This course will also be of interest to anyone who would like a greater understanding of the role of the Appropriate at the police station, including probationary and accredited police station representatives.




About Instructor - Steph Barber

Steph Barber completed her legal training in the North West before setting up her own specialist commercial and medical negligence law firm. She sold her firm in 2000 and joined a progressive London charity as their in house counsel. Steph joined Law Hound to head up their commercial law department and has developed Law Hound's online legal services.

Steph enjoys travel and eating out in her spare time. Steph has lectured extensively on CPD courses, to the Court Service, Legal Services Commission and private practices on procedure and practice.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • Webinar


  • Notes
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  • £ 60