Appropriate Adult Scheme Models

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Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: none




  • To support YOT managers who have responsibility for commissioning their appropriate adult scheme
  • For YOT managers to have an understanding of the models that are available when commissioning their appropriate adult services
  • To provide YOTs with an understanding of the key elements for each of the models and factors to take into consideration when developing their service
  • To supportYOTs on how one can compare the cost effectiveness of each model



All children and young people aged 10 – 17 who the police arrest or interview as a voluntary attender should have an appropriate adult present. This is defined in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

Each Youth Offending Team has a legal duty to provide appropriate adults for all those who need them within the geographical area they cover.

There are a range of models that are available to Youth Offending Teams when commissioning an appropriate adult scheme. This resource provides information on the different models available, the key elements of each and factors to take into consideration when deciding which to use. It also provides examples of some of the YOTs that use the identified models.




Organisation: Youth Justice Board
Name: Amy Watson
Source Organisation: National Appropriate Adult Network
Name: Chris Bath


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