Appropriate Adult Training

Our Appropriate Adult training program conforms to the guidance provided by the Scottish Appropriate Adult Network. Beyond that we have significantly developed our own training package based on our experience in delivering the service across Ayrshire.

We offer training which is specifically for the role of Appropriate Adult. We also offer training aimed at achieving a clear understanding of the role for organisations who use the service.

Our training covers the following areas

  • The history, development and importance of the Appropriate Adult Service within the Justice System in Scotland
  • Current legislation and the implications for organisations who interview those requiring support from Appropriate Adults.
  • The current national position in relation to the use of the Appropriate Adult Service.
  • The practicalities of delivering and managing the service in a busy area

We have developed over 40 practical exercises increasing student participation in the training experience and used as a knowledge check at the end of the training delivery. These exercises represent actual challenges we have faced whilst delivering the service.

Our training has received excellent independently assessed delegate feedback, not only in Ayrshire, but also in Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles, and The Borders. Clarity’s Director is a member of the Scottish Governments Training Group working in partnership with others to develop a National Appropriate Adult Training package.

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Orkney Appropriate Adult Service is run entirely by volunteers and needed some expert training for its existing and new volunteers. GSS delivered two excellent days for us and provided useful advice, support and information which will stand us in good stead as the service develops. I thoroughly recommend their service to other Appropriate Adult Services and will be staying in touch with them should we need further support.

Chris Giles, Chair of the Orkney Appropriate Adult Service Management Committee

The refresher training session was well received by staff and the case studies encouraged a lot of helpful discussion about practice.  Stephen consulted us in the planning of the session, ensuring it met the needs of the staff in attendance.