Essential but under-resourced: a critical examination of the appropriate adult service within England and Wales

Pare, Kerrie (2013) Essential but under-resourced: a critical examination of the appropriate adult service within England and Wales. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research critically explores the appropriate adult service in England and Wales, its development and the debates surrounding the appropriate adult role. An appropriate adult is a parent, guardian or independent adult, who attends a police station to protect and safeguard young and/or vulnerable persons within police custody. In particular, this study investigates the independent appropriate adult provided by an organisation. Primarily, within this research, the independent appropriate adult originates from the voluntary sector. However, private appropriate adult providers are also examined, in comparison, because this is reflective of the current changes within the appropriate adult debate.

    Ultimately, this study produces three main conclusions:

    1. The appropriate adult service is essential for the safeguarding and protection of the welfare of young persons in police custody.

    2. The definition, nature and expected conduct of the appropriate adult role are ambiguous and require legislation clarification.

    3. There are drawbacks to both private and voluntary appropriate adult service providers. Therefore more research is necessary to evaluate the sectors further.

    These conclusions are reached through the critical examination of legislation, academic texts and national standards as well as the conducting of primary research. Initially, literature is critically examined to outline the present day provision and the major developments that have influenced it. The literature review is then critically applied to the results of the primary research, whereby local data is collected in the form of semi-structured interviews and a participant observation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 15:09
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:26

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