Level 2
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
24 hours

Assessment Guidance

Portfolio of Evidence

Unit Learning Outcomes


Understand the appropriate adult role.

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1

    Describe the purpose of the role of the appropriate adult role and the key groups or people 

    they support.
  • 1.2
    Explain why it is important to support and protect vulnerable detainees.
  • 1.3
    Describe the practical responsibilities of an appropriate adult.
  • 1.4
    Describe the responsibilities of an appropriate adult in relation to safeguarding and confidentiality.
  • 1.5

    Explain how the role of the appropriate adult role is distinct from other sources of support available to a detainee in a police station.


Know when an appropriate adult is needed in a custodial situation.

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1
    Describe how a custody officer determines if an appropriate adult is required in custody.
  • 2.2
    Give examples of different custodial situations when an appropriate adult would be required.


Know about the processes and procedures within a police station, which an appropriate adult should ensure are properly observed.

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1
    Outline the standard procedures carried out at a police station, for example for explaining rights and entitlements, interviewing and charging.
  • 3.2
    Describe the procedures which should be carried out by both the custody sergeant and the appropriate adult before and during an interview.
  • 3.3
    Describe the different disposal options available.


Know the role of the appropriate adult in supporting effective communication in custody.

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1
    Explain the importance of clear communication in different custodial situations.
  • 4.2
    Describe different factors which may help or hinder communication in custodial situations.
  • 4.3
    Describe some of the tools and strategies an appropriate adult can use to support effective communication.


Understand how an appropriate adult can help ensure the rights of a detainee are respected.

Assessment Criteria

  • 5.1
    Describe the rights of a detainee and the guidelines for detention under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984.
  • 5.2
    Explain how an appropriate adult can ensure that a detainee understands their rights, including those associated with the Caution.
  • 5.3
    Explain how an appropriate adult can act to ensure that the detainee's rights are being respected, giving examples of appropriate actions (e.g. intervening in an interview).