National Standards

2018 standards1

Appropriate Adult Schemes

NAAN's National Standards have been approved by the Home Office and the Department of Health. They are included under Strategic Standard 14 in the National Standards for Youth Justice Servicesset by the Secretary of State for Justice on advice from the Youth Justice Board. NAAN members have access to a self-assessment tool.  

NAAN National Standards 2013

REVIEW 2018: A revised version is currently in the final stages of being approved. Find out more.

Youth Justice

Strategic standard 14 of the National Standards for Youth Justice 2013 states:

  • Ensure that a local policy/protocol is in place which outlines the provision of an Appropriate Adult service (as required by section 38 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998) in line with the National Appropriate Adult Network’s National Standards.

  • Ensure that this policy makes provision within and outside office hours, and for young people who may be interviewed under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) while remanded or sentenced in custody whether within or outside the local authority area.


Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. The standard enables organisations to comprehensively review their volunteer management, and also publicly demonstrates their commitment to volunteering. Some NAAN members have achieved the standard. Others may wish to consider it.  

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