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 vulnerable adults while they are in police custody. Other awards are available if learners plan to work with both vulnerable adults and juveniles or if they want to work only with juveniles.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification covers the core responsibilities of the appropriate adult in supporting detainees 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 vulnerable adults in this context.
The learners will take two mandatory units:
• The role of the appropriate adult
• Working as an appropriate adult for vulnerable adults.
Which sector does this qualification support?
The qualification will help learners to prepare for taking on the role of appropriate adult, working with vulnerable adults, and enable them 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 your learning and progress to further qualifications relating to supporting adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
Progression & entry requirements
The 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.