Appropriate Adult Volunteer

West Sussex County Council - Youth Justice Service

Register your Interest

Have you ever thought about volunteering with young people? Could you be an Appropriate Adult Volunteer? 

You could be what we are looking for!

Your role

Appropriate Adults support young people aged 10 –17 when they have been arrested and held in police custody in West Sussex. This opportunity is available at Custody Suites located in Crawley and Worthing.

Your  tasks

  1. Support and assist the young person.
  2. Ensure the young person understands their rights.
  3. Ensure that the police act fairly and respect the rights of the young person.
  4. Ensure effective communication between the young person, police and others.
  5. Raise any concerns around the safety and well-being of the young person.

How it works

We operate a rota system - with daytime and evening sessions, 7 days a week. We ask you to commit to being available for at least 4 sessions a month - at times that fit in with your other commitments. 

When you volunteer for a session, you will be on call - and may or may not be needed.  If you are called, you will need to go directly to the Custody Suite to support a young person who is being held in custody. 


You will be fully trained for this role. The next training dates are Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th March in Horsham.


We are looking for people who:

  • Are over 19 years old
  • Live within a 30-minute journey of Crawley or Worthing custody suite.
  • Have an interest in, and empathy for, young people.
  • Have a non-judgemental attitude.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Able to build a good rapport with young people.
  • Non-judgemental & good at listening.
  • Are able to be appropriately assertive.
  • Can take a professional approach to the role
  • Are able to respect and operate within service policies and procedures.
  • Have a commitment to, and engagement with, ongoing support, training and development.
  • Able to commit to volunteering for at least one year.
  • Professional approach to the role.


  1. The chance to gain first-hand experience of police procedures and the youth justice system.
  2. Full training, ongoing support and role development sessions.
  3. Reimbursement of transport cost and/or mileage allowance.

Practical Considerations

  • You will need to have access to a computer, phone and broadband for us to be able to contact you about your sessions and when you're on call. 
  • Location of opportunity is either Crawley or Worthing. Volunteer needs to live within half an hour of the Custody Suite.
  • Able to attend training dates Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th March.

When do I need to be available?

Details We ask that you: - commit to this role for at least a year once you have been trained. -make yourself available for a minimum of 4 sessions each month.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Police Station
Northgate Avenue
RH10 8BF

Worthing Custody Centre
Durrington Lane
West Sussex
BN13 2PP

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training