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The Northern Ireland Appropriate Adult Scheme is a 24/7 service providing advice and support to adults with mental health vulnerabilities, and juveniles under 18 years who find themselves in police custody, whether detained or as voluntary attendee.
Mental health vulnerabilities cover the full spectrum of difficulties including mental health issues, intellectual disability, autism, self-harm suicidal ideation, and personality disorder. The Appropriate Adult is an independent person who is present to ensure that the juvenile under 18 years and mentally vulnerable adults over 18 years are interviewed according to Police and Criminal Evidence Codes of Practice.
The Appropriate Adult has an important and positive role while supporting vulnerable people and juveniles in Custody, this includes ensuring that the detained person understands what is happening to him and why.
Key responsibilities include:
It is NOT the Appropriate Adult’s role to give legal advice to the detained person.
The Northern Ireland Appropriate Adult Scheme provides the service throughout Northern Ireland.
Custody staff contact our contracted Call Centre when the need for an Appropriate Adult is identified. Call Centre staff then pass the call details to the Appropriate Adult on Rota. The AA contacts Custody suite and speaks to staff and arranges to attend.
Northern Ireland Appropriate Adult Scheme
Mindwise Head Office
46 Newforge Lane
Belfast BT9 5NW
C/O Mr. Stanley Booth MBE
Appropriate Adult Scheme Manager
Appropriate Adult Charlie McAuley explains how an Appropriate Adult safeguards the rights of vulnerable people in custody.