Appropriate Adult

Plymouth Youth Offending Service

Name: Appropriate Adult
Organisation: Plymouth Youth Offending Service
Location: 3rd Floor Midland House, Notte Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2EJ
Type: Part Time


(18+) Our volunteers play an integral part in the work we do to prevent young people from offending and re-offending. Appropriate Adults are responsible for safeguarding the interests of young people in police custody, ensuring procedures are followed and the young person's rights respected.

We are required to carry out a full criminal record check. However, previous convictions, especially those which are minor and old, will not automatically preclude someone from volunteering with us. We have volunteer roles in our service and skills can be transferred/shared with them, please see our Community Panel Member role.

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Organisation Description

We run referral panels, upon which members of the community sit to create a 'contract' for first time offenders based upon the principles of restorative justice. We also provide Appropriate Adults who support young people through their time in custody where a parent or carer or other known responsible adult is unavailable. Beyond this, we also use volunteers in a variety of preventative schemes to provide activities and support for young people.


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Cause / Interests

  • Prisoners and Ex-Offenders
  • Youth

Types of Activity

  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


Full training is provided: three days of foundation training for all voluntary roles, and two further days of role-specific training.
We do not require any specific qualifications. Previous experience of working with young people is desirable. Commitment, excellent communication skills and sensitivity to the issues confronting young people are essential.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Yes
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: Support
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Trial Period, DBS Check, Interview