Appropriate Adult Volunteer

The role is to support young and vulnerable persons whilst detained in Police custody.


Personal Qualities and Skills


  • Effective communication and listening skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Ability to deal with challenging behaviour
  • Report writing
  • Understanding of Data Protection
  • Understanding of Equal Opportunities


Specific Project Requirements


  • To attend Police stations to offer support to young or vulnerable people whilst in custody in line with the specification set by the Youth Justice Manager
  • To review custody record information to ensure compliance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1986 and subsequent Codes of Practice
  • To ensure that persons in custody receive their rights and entitlements as laid down by statute.
  • To signpost young and vulnerable persons towards appropriate additional support services on their release form custody
  • To monitor interview procedures and ensure that the detainee is dealt with in accordance with the appropriate codes of practice
  • To work within YMCA policies and procedures, with particular regard to health and safety, equal opportunities, diversity, protection from abuse, data protection and information sharing
  • To complete all relevant paperwork relating to activities, evaluation, clients and risk as decided by the Youth Justice Manager
  • To participate in reviews of practice and procedure and implement any changes agreed, working within the agreed YMCA quality framework
  • To keep up to date with evidence based knowledge, skills and current legislation
  • To continually develop own professional knowledge and skills in line with best practice


Volunteer Benefits


  • Develop your skills and experience working with vulnerable people in a criminal justice environment
  • Gain experience working for a world renowned charity, alongside a skilled and experienced team
  • Formal induction process to introduce you to the role and the organisation
  • Guidance, support and training to ensure that you get the most out of the role
  • Involvement in all aspects of team planning and evaluation, giving a broad understanding of the whole criminal justice custody process
  • Out of pocket and travel expenses provided


Apply now


Please complete the Application Form (766KB, Word) and Email to for more information on how to become a volunteer at YMCA.