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Decisions of the PCC - April 2018

On this page, any decisions made by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland will be published. The table below outlines each decision supported by the Decision Form used by the Commissioner to justify the decision.

Note: Where a link to the decision document is unavailable. this will be updated as soon as possible.

Decisions of the PCC - April 2018
Decision Ref NoDecision Title Decision Summary  Date Authorised 
 2017-76264 Funding - Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind - Appropriate Adult Service 

An appropriate adult is responsible for protecting or 'safeguarding' the rights and welfare of a child or 'vulnerable' adult who is either detained by police or is interviewed under caution voluntarily. Although there is no legal duty on any agency to provide Appropriate Adult provision for vulnerable adults, the Police and Crime Commissioner has agreed to continue to provide funding for this service to increase public confidence in the justice system and to ensure those identified as vulnerable and detained by police or interviewed under caution are given their rights and entitlements.

During the previous 24 months Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind have delivered and developed a successful 24/7 Appropriate Adult service covering the Cleveland area. Between 1 April 2017 and 31 December 2017, 297 individuals have been supported by the appropriate adult service for a period of 365.5 hours. In addition to this, at the end of December 2017, the service had 36 active volunteers ensuring the service remained accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The purpose of this decision is to continue this funding for 12 months (1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019) with the option to extend for a further 12 months (1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020) subject to discussions taking place at a national level and highlighted below.

In September 2017 Nick Hurd MP wrote to PCCs regarding current work taking place at a national level to improve arrangements in Appropriate Adult provision for vulnerable people detained in police custody in England and Wales. As highlighted above, although local authorities are required to provide Appropriate Adult provision statutorily for children and young people it remains unclear as to where responsibility lies for adults. As a result of this in January 2018, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners on behalf of PCCs responded to Nick Hurd MP raising these concerns but supporting the development of a national framework. Although at the time of making this decision, no further feedback has been received.  This supports the PCC's objective of Securing the Future of our Communities by ensuring public confidence in the justice system.

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