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 our online application form. We would also be grateful if you completed the Equality and Diversity Form.

If you would prefer a Word version of the form then please email our HR Team