Key Facts

Level 2
Subject Sector:
15.5 Law and Legal Services
Qualification No:
32 hours
Total qualification time:
40 hours
Age Range:

Qualification purpose

Prepare for employment

Qualification Grading Type


Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • 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 two mandatory units totalling 4 credits.



    Learners must complete two mandatory units totalling 4 credits.

    The Role of the Appropriate Adult

    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    Working as an Appropriate Adult for Vulnerable Adults

    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    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.

    Funding information

    There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.

    The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:

    View this qualification on the ESFA’s Find a learning aim website

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).

    View this qualification on the ESFA Qualification Funding Search

    How to find a learning aim

    If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:

    How to Use: Find a learning Aim

    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

    The following support materials will help you to deliver this qualification.

    Internal Quality Assurance

    Special Considerations and Reasonable Adjustment Forms