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Why choose this qualification?
These qualifications have been developed to accredit the training provided to adults taking on the role of an ‘appropriate adult’, providing support to children and vulnerable adults while they are in police custody. The qualifications have been produced with the support of the National Appropriate Adult Network and in particular with guidance from Norfolk Appropriate Adult Service.
The objective of the Gateway Qualifications suite of Working as an Appropriate Adult qualifications is to prepare the learner to take on a specific role within a given occupational area.
Once completed, the qualification provides progression into the appropriate adult role, working either with children, vulnerable adults or both, according to which qualification is selected.
Rules of Combination
The learner must complete three mandatory units totalling 5 credits.
Learners must complete three mandatory units totalling 5 credits.
The Role of the Appropriate Adult
Working as an Appropriate Adult for Juveniles
Working as an Appropriate Adult for Vulnerable Adults
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is suitable if learners are planning to work as a volunteer or in a paid capacity as an appropriate adult providing support to juveniles while they are in police custody.
Other awards are available if the learners plan to work with both vulnerable adults and juveniles or if they want to work only with vulnerable adults. Other awards are available if learners plan only to work with one of these groups.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification covers the core responsibilities of the appropriate adult in supporting vulnerable adults and juveniles while they are in police custody, including knowledge of correct processes and procedures within a police station, ways to support communication between the police and the detainee and how to help ensure detainees’ rights are respected.
It also covers some of the skills and knowledge specific to working with different types of detainee including young people and vulnerable adults in this context.
The learners will take three mandatory units:
• The role of the appropriate adult
• Working as an appropriate adult for vulnerable adults
• Working as an appropriate adult for juveniles.
Which sector does this qualification support?
The qualification will help the learners to prepare for taking on the role of appropriate adult, working with juveniles, and enable the learner to fulfil that role with increased skill and confidence.
What are the progression options?
The qualification is not designed primarily to lead to further learning but once the learners have achieved the Award, learners could choose to build on there learning and progress to further qualifications relating to youth work or supporting young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
Progression & entry requirementsThe learners must be 18 or over to enter for this qualification. The learners do not need any specific qualifications or prior levels of attainment to be eligible to take the qualification.
There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.
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