Appropriate adult

Person whose role is to safeguard the welfare and rights of someone in custody who is under 17, or a vulnerable adult. Their responsibility is to advise, help and support the person in custody, to ensure that the person understands what is happening and why, and to make sure that the police act fairly.

Explanation attempts (107)

27 Oct 2012 19:36
quote An appropriate adult is the term given to a responsible adult who must be present when a minor is questioned or charged by the police eg parent/guardian/social worker ... unquote
28 Oct 2012 15:50
quote An adult who is appointed to be a form of guardian to any child or vulnerable adult while they are being questioned by police. The appropriate adult could be a parent or other relative, carer, guardians, social worker etc. unquote
29 Oct 2012 16:33
quote An adult suitable to help a vulnerable adult or child who is being interviewed by authorities unquote
29 Oct 2012 19:00
quote A person over 18, preferaby one who has been given a role of responsibility over others e.g. they have guardianship over children unquote
29 Oct 2012 21:09
quote A person that can be there for child witnesses and someone who is not emotionally involved such as a social worker. unquote
29 Oct 2012 22:28
quote An adult in a trusted/responsible position unquote
30 Oct 2012 12:28
quote a person aged 18 or over who can assist someone of below average intelligence, usually in a legal or police inquiry. I believe no legal experience is necessary, rather a social service type of assistance. unquote
30 Oct 2012 14:54
quote A person, who bears no relation to or prior knowledge of witness/suspect, who is appointed to provide support and friendship to a witness/suspect during the time they are involved with the police after specific training unquote
30 Oct 2012 14:56
quote Someone with nothing to do with the legal system who can be asked to attend any legal dealings and assist with finding lawyer etc if the suspect/defendant has a mental condition or if there is evidence of a mental health issue. They are there to support the person in question and make sure they fuly understand anything that happens. unquote
30 Oct 2012 16:12
quote Someone over the age of 18 and that has no criminal history unquote
30 Oct 2012 17:33
quote someone who represents people under 17 in court, legal representation unquote
30 Oct 2012 18:19
30 Oct 2012 18:47
quote Parent, guardian, or someone who is qualified in a relevant field, had a crb check unquote
30 Oct 2012 19:11
quote Regarding minors or those below an age of consent: someone responsible or in a position of guardianship over someone not of a legal age to take or make an informed decisions with repercussions or consequences outside of normal ideas of risk, harm and consequence. unquote
31 Oct 2012 16:04
quote someone who is responsible for helping an underage or menatlly challenged individual to get through a court case against them unquote
31 Oct 2012 19:23
quote This is someone who accompanies a child or vulnerable adult through police interviews or investigation tp make sure that they are being treated fairly. unquote
31 Oct 2012 20:29
quote an adult who can supervise or support another person in a legal or semi-legal situation unquote
31 Oct 2012 21:13
quote An adult of legal age, respective of the crime committed. An appropriate adult to act as a guardian or protector in the case where the aforementioned is needed i.e. someone without a criminal record, cautions, an upstanding member of the community and one who has known said 'criminal' for a reasonable span of time. unquote
31 Oct 2012 22:48
quote An adult who is over 18 unquote
1 Nov 2012 03:53
quote no idea unquote
2 Nov 2012 09:43
quote An person over 18 years of age with no disabilities unquote
2 Nov 2012 12:17
quote A person that can take responsibility for someone else and who is an adult unquote
20 Nov 2012 23:10
quote An adult who can reasonably give consent - either for themselves, or more likely for someone whose capacity to consent is compromised. unquote
21 Nov 2012 00:06
quote To be honest, this is a total guess. Maybe it relates to a parent or legal guardian of a minor, i.e. they would be the appropriate adult to the minor, It could also have something to do with teachers, and people placed in a position of authority over children. I have no idea really. unquote
21 Nov 2012 04:20
quote Person of legal age who is mentally capable of taking on whatever responsibility is in question, eg. capable of being guardian of a child. unquote
21 Nov 2012 08:24
quote A sane and responsible person with no criminal record. unquote
21 Nov 2012 12:04
quote A person over the age of 18 who has had no criminal convictions and has no reason to act against the respective person within a case. unquote
4 Dec 2012 11:44
quote This refers to a person (over 18) who takes responsibility in a parental or carer's role for a child or for an adult with certain special needs for any period of time. unquote
25 Apr 2013 22:31
quote This means an adult who is well suited for a task given, not just any random adult who is not competent for a task, e.g. A defendant should be a qualified lawyer or a legal guardian should be a parent or family member (relation makes them appropriate as a guardian) choosing the closest chap to view who is a complete stranger is not appropriate as he will have no understanding or knowledge of your child and so will not be appropriate as a guardian. unquote
12 Nov 2013 09:25
quote Someone who can act as an adult or guardian when representing a minor. unquote
12 Nov 2013 13:53
quote An appropriate adult is a person who is able to help someone with some type of special needs i.e mental or educational or physical, and therefor unable to express themselves sufficiently tin court. The appropriate adult represents the person in court without bias, or enables them to express themselves. unquote
12 Nov 2013 22:08
quote An individual who is over the age of 18 and is deemed as responsible as a parent or guardian. A responsible adult will be in a position of authority and have an existing relationship with the other individual. unquote
14 Nov 2013 18:20
quote A person over the age of 18 who hasn't broken the law or had any other criminal convictions before. The best person for the situation unquote
14 Nov 2013 20:44
quote An appropriate adult is an unbiased person to accompany the accused on their trial - this involves any questioning they have to go through. An appropriate adult is usually employed when the accused is not of a sound mind, or is a child. unquote
14 Nov 2013 20:45
quote someone old enough to look after you in court/police custody unquote
14 Nov 2013 21:02
quote An adult that has all the right moral's and good intentions. They are often seen as a good role model. unquote
14 Nov 2013 21:36
quote an adult representing a child. adult should be someone in a position of authority. unquote
14 Nov 2013 21:55
quote Someone who is at least 18 years old, who is known to the victim and is capable of acting on their behalf. unquote
14 Nov 2013 23:12
quote An adult - parent or guardian or someone provided to be with minors when dealing with legal issues. unquote
15 Nov 2013 15:36
quote Responsible adult that is of legal age and understands aware of consequences of breaking laws. unquote
15 Nov 2013 18:17
quote Adult guardian of a minor? unquote
16 Nov 2013 12:21
quote Someone who is able to sit in on interviews with the police and legal interviews when the person is under 18 or has mental or learning issues unquote
17 Nov 2013 11:06
quote A responsible person who is the correct person for a particular job i.e. a lifeguard is the appropriate adult to save someone from drowning. unquote
17 Nov 2013 11:51
quote A person over the age of 18 who can take care of/make sound decisions on behalf of someone under the age of 18. Also would have to be a relative or professional person who would understand enough to make those decision/represent them. unquote
17 Nov 2013 17:19
quote Parent or guardian of the age of 18 or over, who must accompany youngsters below age 18 to court, giving statements, etc. unquote
17 Nov 2013 17:54
quote If a child or certain adults need someone to accompany them within an interview, an appropriate adult is contacted unquote
17 Nov 2013 18:33
quote A responsible person unquote
17 Nov 2013 18:59
quote a adult who is present during vulnerable people's police interviews unquote
17 Nov 2013 19:18
quote someone suitable to give evidence unquote
17 Nov 2013 19:40
quote A responsible adult over the age of 18 years old, preferably known to the person requiring assistance, such as a parent or teacher. unquote
17 Nov 2013 19:56
quote This is an adult who is of the correct age and is suitable to the task. unquote
17 Nov 2013 20:10
quote An adult who supports/accompanies a child in an interview. unquote
17 Nov 2013 20:12
quote A person over the age of 18 who is mentally fit and capable of making decisions for and looking after someone who isn't such as a child. unquote
17 Nov 2013 22:52
quote Someone unconnected to the law profession, e.g. not a lawyer or police officer, who acts as a companion to the accused if they are considered as a vulnerable adult or young person. An appropriate adult would sit in on interviews to ensure that the accused is treated correctly in accordance to their condition. unquote
17 Nov 2013 23:08
quote An adult of a certain age unquote
17 Nov 2013 23:55
quote normally used when dealing with minors as an appropriate adult would be someone related to or guardian of the minor being questioned by police or appearing in court unquote
18 Nov 2013 00:23
quote Someone over the age of 18 with full faculties. unquote
18 Nov 2013 10:15
quote Parent or guardian or social worker unquote
18 Nov 2013 17:19
quote That you're over 18 and aware of your actions. unquote
18 Nov 2013 18:30
quote somebody older or someone part of the law ie a solicitor in a lot of cases to sit in on an interview and offer advice unquote
18 Nov 2013 20:50
quote an adult of sufficient age, in relation to the case at hand. As well as age this relates to a mental capacity unquote
18 Nov 2013 21:10
quote An adult that accompanies the junior unquote
19 Nov 2013 00:59
quote An appropriate adult is someone who represents those under the age of 18 who are in custody. unquote
19 Nov 2013 09:51
quote Somebody who is responsible. unquote
19 Nov 2013 09:59
quote Somebody who is unrelated from the person charged and who can look after them if they need support. unquote
29 Oct 2014 14:38
quote An individual over the age of 18 that can accompany a minor, usually during an interview unquote
29 Oct 2014 15:02
quote An appropriate adult is someone who can support an under 18 person in a meeting or as a signatory to a document etc. unquote
3 Nov 2014 20:26
quote An adult that in the context of the situation is a plausible candidate unquote
7 Nov 2014 19:01
quote A mature adult unquote
8 Nov 2014 18:22
quote A person that can be held fully responsible for their decisions and actions. A person who is considered to have fully formed and uninhibited cognitive ability when making decisions. unquote
9 Nov 2014 20:56
quote A person who has resposibility in a certain situation who is an adult. unquote
10 Nov 2014 21:46
quote Someone who is the victim in a crime situation unquote
10 Nov 2014 22:23
quote A person over the age of 21 unquote
11 Nov 2014 10:40
quote Old enough to be fully aware of your actions, being able to fully judge situations and understand the consequences of your actions. unquote
11 Nov 2014 11:34
quote whomever is in loco parentis unquote
11 Nov 2014 13:15
quote Where an adult has acted in the correct way in a situation unquote
11 Nov 2014 19:48
quote Guardian or person given permission to look after a minor unquote
12 Nov 2014 21:04
quote A responsible person of adult age who is able to behave or conduct themselves in a way that most people would consider to be mature unquote
8 Nov 2015 18:19
quote An honest individual who is responsible and trustworthy. unquote
20 Nov 2015 13:19
quote parent or guardian unquote
21 Nov 2015 17:59
quote An adult that fits the requirements of what is needed unquote
21 Nov 2015 19:06
quote Someone over the age of 18 who is responsible and of sound mind and able to make decisions independently unquote
22 Nov 2015 16:05
quote A fully competent person over the age of 18 with no mental disabilities and able to communicate orally unquote
23 Nov 2015 09:12
quote An adult (over 18 years old) who has some responsibility for an under 18 and is there with that person in any matters of the law to help them unquote
8 Nov 2016 20:59
quote An adult who possesses a current DBS. An adult who is the appropriate sex for the situation. unquote
8 Nov 2016 23:45
quote A person aged 18 or over who is present when a minor is interviewed by a law officer, social worker or similar. unquote
9 Nov 2016 14:44
quote An person over the age of 18/21 that is considered responsible for the welfare of younger person. unquote
9 Nov 2016 16:21
quote A person over the age of 18 responsible for a minor unquote
13 Nov 2016 16:32
quote Someone who has responsibility of a child, closest guardian unquote
14 Nov 2016 20:16
quote Someone who is competent in doing adult tasks unquote
14 Nov 2016 20:52
quote An appropriate adult would be someone who is above 18 and of sound mind unquote
15 Nov 2016 12:25
quote Someone over the age of 18 who is suitable to the task or responibility at hand unquote
15 Nov 2016 12:46
quote Over the age of 18/21 usually a parent or guardian unquote
20 Nov 2023 15:40
quote In cases of minors or those suffering anxiety or mental illness an Appropriate Adult could be used to help support the person who is arrested or accused. unquote
20 Nov 2023 17:22
quote People who are under 18 may need someone from their family to be with them at all times during court process. unquote
21 Nov 2023 08:42
quote The person, who is over the age of 18 and is relevant to action unquote
21 Nov 2023 12:28
quote Some of sound mind and age to be left in charge unquote
21 Nov 2023 12:43
quote Appropriate adult is someone that is responsible and has a complete understanding of the situation unquote
21 Nov 2023 16:10
quote Someone over the age of 18 who is healthy and capable of looking after themselves and someone in their care. unquote
21 Nov 2023 18:29
quote An adult over the age of 21. unquote
21 Nov 2023 18:38
quote Someone who can be supportive for under 18 year olds. unquote
21 Nov 2023 21:04
quote An adult who is over the age of 18 and is of the right mindset unquote
21 Nov 2023 23:29
quote Adult of reasonable maturity that has a significant level of guardianship / responsibility over someone. unquote
22 Nov 2023 02:46
quote When an adult isn’t inappropriate unquote
22 Nov 2023 08:15
quote A person over 18 who can support a child involved in a police matter - a parent, guardian or friend. unquote
26 Nov 2023 17:20
quote This is an adult who is able to advocate for a young person or child - they may be known to that young person or child as a family member or they may be known to them in their professional capacity, as their teacher for example. unquote
1 Jan 2024 17:32
quote An adult identified by the appropriate authorities who has the mental capacity and ability to represent or support an individual in relation to decision making unquote


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