Voluntary Action South West Surrey





Are you looking for a challenge?  Do you have some spare time?  Do you want to give something back to your community?  Is justice important to you and do you like to see fair play?


If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above you may want to become an Appropriate Adult.


The Appropriate Adult Service offers support to vulnerable adults and young people who find themselves detained in Police custody. Being an Appropriate Adult is a challenging, fulfilling and rewarding role.  The service SAAVS offer is 24 hour 365 days per year and each volunteer owns a regular weekly slot of between 6 and 8 hours.


What will be expected of me?


You don’t need previous knowledge of legal procedures or social work. The role of the Appropriate Adult is not to provide legal advice but to offer impartial support and be a friendly face in the absence of a family member or carer to people who may be feeling frightened, bewildered, and confused in an unfamiliar situation.  As an Appropriate Adult you’ll join our team of volunteers and will be on call at times to suit you. You will be available to answer a call to custody in a swift and professional manner and have access to reliable transport.  You will offer vital support to those who need it when they need it most.


What sort of person becomes an Appropriate Adult?


All sorts of people become Appropriate Adults and bring different skills to the team. Two things they all have in common is an excellent ability to communicate and a willingness to donate their free time to SAAVS. 


Our introductory two-day training sessions for new volunteers are planned for:





14th and 21st March 2020

20th and 27th June 2020

3rd and 10th October 2020


Mission Statement

This scheme provides for an adult to be present when a juvenile or vulnerable adult is being interviewed in custody, when a parent or other representative is not available. The volunteers are all trained and ready to attend the police station at any time. This scheme is so successful that it has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and is now the only provider of this service to Surrey. The scheme is funded through Surrey Youth Justice Team and Surrey County Council's Mental Health Team.

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