1. National Appropriate Adult Network


Remote / London

Appropriate adults (AAs) play a crucial role in supporting children and vulnerable adults in understanding and exercising their legal rights to fair treatment by the police. NAAN supports AAs and local schemes of AAs.
We are looking for new trustees.

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Who we are

Appropriate adults safeguard the welfare, rights, and effective participation of children and vulnerable adults detained or questioned as suspects.

We are a charity and membership organisation, working to create a fairer justice system for children and vulnerable adults by maximising the effectiveness of the appropriate adult safeguard.

The role

We are looking for new trustees to support and challenge the
board and the management. We welcome applications from all those who are
passionate about our cause and are particularly keen to attract applicants from
across all communities and ages – including younger people, those from
underrepresented ethnic minorities, those who experience less represented
aspects of neurodiversity (such as autism or mental health issues), and those
with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

You do not have to have been a trustee previously – we are
happy to support anyone who is interested in taking up the opportunity.

About the trustee role

Please note this is an unpaid volunteer role.

Statutory duties

The following are shared duties of the trustee board:

  • To ensure compliance with the governing
    document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or
  • To ensure pursuance of the objects as defined
    in the governing document
  • To ensure resources are used exclusively in
    pursuance of the objects
  • To contribute actively to the Board’s role in
    giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy,
    defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the
  • To ensure the effective and efficient
    administration of the organisation
  • To ensure financial stability
  • To protect and manage the property of the
    charity and ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor
    their performance.

Other duties

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Board member can use
any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach
sound decisions. This may involve: –

  • Scrutinising Board papers
  • Assisting with other issues in which the Board
    member has special expertise
  • Providing guidance on new or proposed
  • Involvement in working groups, developing and
    delivering events and training
  • Representing NAAN to external stakeholders and
    the media
  • Regular attendance at, and active
    participation in Board meetings and the AGM is expected (see time commitment)

Read more about the role and legal responsibilities of trustees by
clicking this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3.


The specific time commitments will depend on your choices and approach
to the position. However, the role will certainly involve:

  • 4 days per year for board meetings,
    usually between 1-4pm on a weekday.
  • 1 day per year for the AGM
  • Ad hoc availability for supporting the
    CEO, and other board members when necessary.

Board meetings alternate between being held online and at a
venue in central London.

How to apply

Informal discussion

We are committed to making the application process as
accessible as possible and are happy to provide further information and to answer
any other questions regarding this opportunity.

If you’d like an informal chat with the CEO about the role,
or have any questions, please email [email protected] to
arrange this.

Express an interest

To express an interest, please email [email protected].

In your email, we would be grateful if you could tell us a
little about:

  • the reasons for your interest in being a NAAN
    trustee; and
  • your relevant background (you could include a CV or
    LinkedIn or other profile).
  • Contact details including mobile phone number.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm on Wednesday
31st May.

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