Over the previous 13 months (March 2016 – March 2017) Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind have been delivering on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) an Appropriate Adult service for vulnerable adults across Cleveland.
Although there is no legal duty on any agency to provide Appropriate Adult provision for vulnerable adults, the PCC agreed to fund 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.
The purpose of this funding is therefore to continue this service for a further 12 months which by 31 May 2017 will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for those adults classified as vulnerable under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE).
The service will be available across both Custody Suites (Hartlepool and Middlesbrough) in addition to other locations across Cleveland as necessary.
In the future, the service may be required to broaden and provide Appropriate Adult support to young people.
This is currently subject to discussion. Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind will accommodate this if necessary.