Our service is here to support people that are vulnerable due to mental health problems or learning difficulties, and detained in police custody. The service is highly recognised by criminal justice agencies, and is led by a team of trained and committed volunteers.
Who can have an Appropriate Adult?
Police custody processing can be distressing, especially for a person who has difficulties due to other vulnerabilities. If a person is deemed vulnerable, the police will request for an independent third party to attend and support their welfare.
If you, or someone you know needs support during custody procedures when arrested, you can make a referral by ringing 01642 257 020. You do not need to have a diagnosed condition to access support, and police may make a referral if they suspect a vulnerability.
What does an Appropriate Adult do?
An Appropriate Adult is present for custody processes, to support the vulnerable person at a very difficult time. When a person with a vulnerability is arrested, an Appropriate Adult will be notified to attend the police station. This may be a family member, friend, social services, or a Mind volunteer.
The Appropriate Adult will assist the detained person with:
- Their welfare needs
- Support for fair and comfortable questioning
- Support during police interviews to facilitate communication
- Understanding rights and entitlements during detention
Do you want to be an Appropriate Adult?
Join our passionate team of volunteers, to support vulnerable people in police custody. As a Mind Appropriate Adult volunteer, you would receive role specific training and support to comfortably carry out the role. For more information on how to apply, click onto the Volunteering section here. To find out more about Appropriate Adults, visit the National Appropriate Adult Network page.
Who is this service for?
- People over the age of 18
- People who live in any of the four local authorities
- People who are experiencing mental health difficulties and/or learning difficulties
- People who are in police custody
Please note no formal diagnosis is needed to have an appropriate adult.
For more information on mental health and the police, visit Mind.
What happens next?
When you contact Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind to make a referral, we will confirm if someone can attend for the requested time. Once the appointment is confirmed, an Appropriate Adult will meet you, or the person you are making the referral for, at the specified location, i.e. police station.