Appropriate Adult Volunteer

Role purpose – • 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



Please complete the Application Form and Email to for more information on how to become a volunteer at YMCA.