The Committee for Home Affairs facilitates the Appropriate Adults Scheme and its Central Services Division provides administrative support to it.
The Police Powers and Criminal Evidence (Bailiwick of Guernsey), Law 2003 requires that an Appropriate Adult is called when a juvenile or vulnerable adult is detained by Police or Guernsey Border Agency.
The role of an Appropriate Adult is as follows:
- To support, advise and assist the detained person, particularly during questioning;
- To observe whether the Police/Guernsey Border Agency are acting properly, fairly and with respect for the rights of the detained person and to tell these authorities if they are not;
- To assist with communication between the detained person and Police, the Guernsey Border Agency;
- To ensure that the detained person has a full understanding or their rights.
If you are interested in learning more about the Appropriate Adult Scheme, or wish to enquire as to how you can become an Appropriate Adult then please contact the Office of the Committee for Home Affairs.