Appropriate Adult Duties and Responsibilities Training Course (Level 3)

Course Overview

There are many reasons why children and young people can become involved in anti-social criminal behaviour and if arrested, they require representation and support from an appropriate adult.

This training course ensures that learners know of the meaning of the key terms associated with the process of arrest, and representation, the legislation which provides powers to police and to the child or young person and the task which the appointed person may or may not be involved with, such as searching, questioning, finger printing and court appearances.

This training course also provides details about the importance of confidentiality, record keeping and information sharing and the specific requirements outlined by the Data Protection Act. This is a Level 3 accredited course.

Course Aims

  • Understand what an Appropriate Adult is
  • Understand circumstances which requires an Appropriate Adult
  • Understand influences of criminal behaviour
  • Understand criminal behaviour legislation
  • Understand the rights of a young person in custody
  • Understand the role of an Appropriate Adult

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the meaning of the term ‘Appropriate Adult’
  2. Describe the different reasons why a young person may require representation by an Appropriate Adult
  3. Define the meaning of the term ‘anti-social and criminal behaviour’
  4. Explain possible influences which may contribute to the perpetration of anti-social and criminal activities by a young person
  5. Describe the purpose of specific legislation relating to criminal behaviour
  6. Describe the purpose of; The Police and Criminal Evidence Act (1984), The Criminal Justice System and The Youth Offending Team
  7. Explain the rights which a young person has when they are in police custody
  8. Explain and evaluate the role of an Appropriate Adult
  9. Describe the involvement of an Appropriate Adult as part of the custody interview process
  10. Define the involvement an Appropriate Adult may have with bail, remand, custody, finger printing, body searches and when a young person is being charged with an offence
  11. Explain the need for ensuring confidentiality and the use of sensitive information
  12. Describe professional limitations as an Appropriate Adult


The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.


Each learner completing this course will receive an accredited Level 3 certificate of learning.

Links to QCF Units

This Appropriate Adult Training training course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the new Children’s Homes (England) Regulations which were introduced on 1st April 2015 and can contribute to outcomes of QCF units including the National Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.


This Appropriate Adult Training course is designed for professionals working with children and young people who need to know about how to represent a vulnerable person as an appropriate adult including support teams, education professionals and foster carers.


This Appropriate Adult Training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.

Training Course Duration

1 Day (please contact us if you require training which runs to a different timescale).

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