Safeguard agreement for vulnerable adults in custody published
The voluntary framework for PCCs and local authorities will improve safeguards for vulnerable adults in custody and ensure any evidence gathered is secure.
The Home Office yesterday published a voluntary framework to ensure that vulnerable adults suspected of an offence have access to justice and that their welfare is safeguarded.
The partnership agreement sets out how Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and local authorities can work together to commission and provide appropriate adults for vulnerable adults. This will help ensure that vulnerable people get the support they need when detained in police custody or questioned voluntarily elsewhere.
Appropriate adults are required to be present to help ensure suspects understand their rights and entitlements and that evidence isn’t obtained in ways which, by virtue of someone’s vulnerability, might lead to unsafe convictions. Commissioning appropriate adult services in England is led principally by local authorities, but it isn’t always straightforward and differs across the country. This voluntary agreement sets out a collaborative approach to commissioning services in forces in England going forward.
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, yesterday said:
When a vulnerable adult is suspected of an offence it’s vital an independent person is there to ensure they are treated fairly and their needs are taken into account.
The document we’ve published today provides a framework for police and local councils to work together to make sure the right people are in the room when evidence is obtained to reduce the risk of miscarriages of justice.
The agreement has been developed in partnership with the National Appropriate Adult Network (NAAN), the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). Through bringing all the relevant agencies together we make sure everyone is signed up to the same way of working.
The role of an appropriate adult is set out in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and its codes of practice which outlines the rules and safeguards for policing in England and Wales.
Latest News from
Draft guidance published to underpin the Offensive Weapons Act20/08/2019 11:10:00
Home Secretary Priti Patel has launched 2 consultations paving the way for new powers to tackle knife crime.
One million granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme15/08/2019 13:20:00
New statistics up to the end of July show more than 950,000 applications from England, 50,000 from Scotland, 15,000 from Wales and 12,000 from Northern Ireland.
Special #knifefree chicken boxes launched across the country14/08/2019 16:20:00
Special chicken boxes warning young people about the dangers of carrying a knife are being introduced in chicken shops across Britain, the policing minister has announced today.
Lord Carlile to lead independent review of Prevent13/08/2019 09:15:00
The government has announced the appointment of the Independent Reviewer of Prevent.
Funding for Violence Reduction Units announced12/08/2019 16:20:00
Policing Minister confirms £35 million for 18 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to set up Violence Reduction Units.
Government lifts emergency stop and search restrictions12/08/2019 09:20:00
A stop and search pilot has been rolled out to all 43 forces in England and Wales
PM sets out vision to cement UK as a science superpower09/08/2019 13:29:00
The world’s top scientists will be encouraged to move to the UK under a shake-up of immigration rules announced by the Prime Minister yesterday.
Home Secretary visits the police hubs leading Brexit preparations09/08/2019 10:15:00
Home Secretary Priti Patel received a briefing yesterday on how police forces will coordinate operations ahead of Brexit.