Thank you for your interest in this project.
The National Appropriate Adult Network is working with academic Dr Miranda Bevan on an information video for family member AAs. We are now at the testing phase and are seeking comment from trained AAs from NAAN member schemes.
The problem we are trying to address
Everyone recognises that the AA role is especially challenging for family members. It is an emotional situation and they have no training.
The PACE Codes are not massively helpful. Explanations by police are not always comprehensive. There isn't time to train a family member to the national standards. They can't study for the national AA qualification. At 8 pages, even our own detailed guide can be intimidating.
What we aim to achieve
Based on Miranda's research in police custody, the animation aims to provide the most important information without overloading people. We want it to recognise the emotional context and act as a bridge to more detailed information.
We'll make the animation openly available online, and we'll work with the police so its actively used in custody.
The testing phase
We are currently testing the animation with familial AAs in police custody. We're also getting feedback from people like the Home Office, NPCC and Police Federation.
But as trained AAs, your views are incredibly important to us.
Take the survey
We've set up a special link just for AAs in our network. It will let you view the draft video and share your feeback.
Please don't share this page or the survey link outside your team!
The survey will close after the 5th December.