Hull students will benefit from first-hand experience of an active role in police investigations as Hull University Social Services Organisation (HUSSO) launches the pioneering Appropriate Adult scheme – only the second project of its kind in the country.
HUSSO, which is part of Hull University Union, has opened the project to students in partnership with the Humberside police and Crime Commissioner’s Office. With intensive training, they will be able to take up the role of an Appropriate Adult in police questioning at Clough Road Police Station in Hull.
An Appropriate Adult’s role is to be present in interviews with a vulnerable adult who is being questioned by police and to protect their interests, support and advise them, ensure that they understand their rights, assist with communication and many more functions.
The unique project launches after nine student volunteers have been appointed roles, with applications now open for more. Students who are currently involved are from courses such as Criminology, Law, Psychology, Sociology and Business Economics and have an interest in working with the police or helping vulnerable people.
Chloe Crooks is the project’s student lead. Chloe is responsible for co-ordinating volunteers when an Appropriate Adult is required. Chloe, 19, who is a second year Law student, said: “We help represent vulnerable people in custody to ensure their human rights are met, as well as making sure they understand what is happening. This is alongside essentially just being there for them as this can be a daunting experience especially with some of their vulnerabilities.”
Training Is provided by National Appropriate Adult Network (NAAN). NAAN is a registered charity which aims to ensure the rights and welfare of the most vulnerable people in society by developing appropriate adults.
Angie Drinkall, Community Volunteering Co-ordinator at Hull University Union, said: “This opportunity is one of only two in the UK, and allows student volunteers to gain an incredible insight into the justice system and social care needs. This can help any students with an interest in this area gain valuable experience that helps in increasing their employability to prospective employers. Do something amazing and join HUSSO today.”