Frequently Asked Questions

Does NAAN recruit appropriate adults?

Are appropriate adults required for 'voluntary interviews'?

Do appropriate adults support vulnerable victims or witnesses?

Do appropriate adults support children and vulnerable adults in court?


Does NAAN recruit appropriate adults?

No, we do not recruit appropriate adults ourselves. However, as the national membership charity for local AA schemes (and anyone else interested in appropriate adults) we offer information and we can help you find a local scheme.

Visit our becoming an appropriate adult section to find out more.

Are appropriate adults required for 'voluntary interviews'?

Yes. appropriate adults are required for voluntary interviews of children and vulnerable adults who are suspected of an offence.

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Do appropriate adults support vulnerable victims or witnesses?

No, it is not the role of the appropriate adult to support victims or witnesses. There are different services for these groups. For more information on support for victims and witnesses visit: -

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Do appropriate adults support children and vulnerable adults in court?

The appropriate adult has no role in court. 

A court may decide to allow a vulnerable defendant to have an 'appropriate companion' or support worker. There are no detailed guidelines for these roles and they are not the same as an appropriate adult under PACE.  

Defendants with a high level of communications needs may be provided with a communications specialist known as an 'intermediary'. It is up to the judges to decide whether one is needed. The intermediary provides an independent, professional assessment and clear recommendations to the court. They may be provided for part of the trial or all of it. Providers of intermediaries include:

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Do appropriate adults support children in age assessments?

The role of an AA in local authority age asessment interviews is not the same as that in the criminal justice system and NAAN does not provide guidance for the role. Please see the:

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