Appropriate Adults Service London – Request for Quote
The City of London Corporation invites quotations from suitably experienced and qualified organisations for the provision of Appropriate Adult Services.
- City of London Corporation
- Appropriate Adults Service
- The City of London Corporation invites quotations from suitably experienced and qualified organisations for the provision of Appropriate Adult Services.
The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and accompanying Codes of Practice, fundamentally reformed the law relating to the investigation of crime. Whilst acknowledging that the experience of arrest and detention within a police station can be extremely stressful, it emphasises the vulnerability of juveniles.
Acknowledging previous miscarriages of justice, safeguards were introduced to protect vulnerable people from providing unreliable, misleading and/or self-incriminating information, which could lead to unsafe convictions. PACE introduced the requirement for the attendance of an independent person (called an ‘Appropriate Adult’) to be present at a police station, to help safeguard the interests/rights of vulnerable suspects, witnesses and/or victims of crime.
An Appropriate Adult (AA) may be a relative, guardian, mental health professional and/or a responsible adult over the age of 18. An employee of the police force cannot act as an Appropriate Adult. The role involves ensuring that the rights and welfare of vulnerable individuals are upheld. It is important that detainees, witnesses and victims of crime are aware of their rights. The Appropriate Adult will help facilitate communication, attend police interviews alongside the vulnerable person, ensuring they are conducted within a proper and fair manner.
The Appropriate Adult service must be a generic service, including people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.
Referrals will be made either by the City’s Department of Community and Children’s Services’ Adults’ Service, the Family and Young People’s Service, or the London Borough of Hackney Emergency Duty team.
The service will commence from 1st June 2015 and will be of three (3) years’ duration, subject to satisfactory performance. It will be reviewed after one (1) month, to see if changes are needed and thereafter every quarter to 31st May 2018.
- Ms Prachi Ranade
- Email Address:
- 020 7332 3792
- PO Box 270
- 27/03/2015 13:45
- 17/04/2015 12:00
- 36 (months)
- 24 (months)
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