National Standards Review 2018

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Thank you for your interest in the consultation on the National Standards Review 2018. Here is our progress report:

  • Member consultation - complete
  • Public consultation - complete 
  • Analysis of submissions - complete 
  • Amendments - complete 
  • Approval by NAAN Board of Trustees - complete 
  • Approval by stakeholders - complete 
  • Pubilcation - complete 

View the latest National Standards.

Consultation feedback

NAAN sought to consult as widely as possible with stakeholders in developing the standards. This included the following actions.

A member workshop: A workshop on the national standards enabled members, working in small groups, to discuss and amend an early draft of the revised standards.

Public consultation: A public consultation was run based on a draft updated in light of the member workshop. Written submissions were received from the following organisations and individuals.

  • Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Association of Youth Offending Team Managers
  • Dr Harriet Pierpoint, Centre for Criminology at University of South Wales
  • Headway, the brain injury association
  • HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Service and HM Inspectorate of Prisons (joint)
  • Home Office
  • Independent Custody Visiting Association
  • Independent Office for Police Conduct
  • National Police Chief’s Council
  • NHS England (Liaison and Diversion)
  • Northumbria AA Scheme
  • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire
  • Police Federation of England and Wales
  • Thames Valley Police
  • The Law Society
  • The Youth Justice Board
  • YSS

Service user participation: NAAN commissioned advice from service users on the public consultation version. Our thanks go to:

  • Chris Hilliard, an expert in relation to autism
  • Members of the Working for Justice group (facilitated by KeyRing), experts in relation to learning disability
  • Moira Tombs (Encompassing Health), expert in relation to mental health


Public Consultation

The deadline for responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. was March 9th 2018. However, you can still access the consultation information below. 

You can download all consultation files in a Zip file or select from below. 

Please start by reading the introductory letter to the consultation. 

The draft standards are divided into six sections, each focusing on a different area of AA provision.  

  1. Scheme development (strategic)
  2. Recruitment and selection
  3. Initial training
  4. Managing, supporting and developing AAs
  5. Service provision
  6. Effective practice 

If you would like to know more about the sources referenced in the draft standards, please read the evidence review compiled by Dr Dehaghani of Cardiff University's School of Law. 

The existing standards are mapped against the draft revised standards in the consultation documents above. However, standalone copies of the existing national standards are also available. 


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