The National Appropriate Adult Network Limited

National Appropriate Adult Network

Help us ensure a fairer justice system by making sure every child and vulnerable adult detained or interviewed by police has their rights and welfare safeguarded effectively by an appropriate adult.

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It ran from 1:00 AM, 18 August 2020 to 1:00 AM, 17 August 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1104765)


Campaign target





  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


Children and mentally vulnerable adults (e.g. learning disabilities, mental illnesses, autism, brain injuries) are particularly at risk. They can have difficulty understanding what is happening and what their rights are. They are at risk of providing unintentionally unreliable information, even confessing to things they have not done. Appropriate adults (AA) address these risks. But not all vulnerable suspects get an AA - and they are of variable quality.


We we address these issues by: - Raising awareness of the problems with government, police and the public - Setting national standards for AA schemes - Developing guidance for local commissioners, schemes and AAs - Supporting AA volunteering by the public - Informing parents and carers about the AA role - Providing training and the means for local areas to improve their own training - Conducting research to better understand the issues - Influencing policy and the law