AAYS Briefing in July

Publicity for AAYS Briefing in July

Our upcoming briefing sessions are scheduled on 21st July and 28th July 2018. Hence, do help to spread the word and invite your friends above the age of 21 years old who may be keen to join us an AA. Interested participants may register for one of the briefings in the attached form here. Alternatively, they may also email us at aays@childrensociety.org.sg  to find out more about the scheme.

APPROPRIATE ADULT SCHEME FOR YOUNG SUSPECTS (AAYS)
The Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS) trains and matches
volunteers to support young suspects* in law enforcement interviews. These trained
volunteers are referred to as Appropriate Adults (AAs).

The AAs are trained to:
(i) look out for signs of distress in the young suspect,
(ii) aid communication between the young suspect and the investigation
officer,
(iii) provide emotional support when necessary.
*Young suspects are below 16 years old

AAYS Volunteers Criteria
Anyone above the age of 21 years old with a passion of serving youth can sign up to
be a volunteer, subjected to further screening.
Activations can take place at any time of the day and trained AAs can choose to take
on the activation requests at one’s convenience.
Lawyers and ex-SPF/CNB officers are welcomed to register as AA volunteers. To
prevent conflict of interest, lawyers responding to the activation are required to sign
an undertaking form to ascertain that they will not be assisting in any cases and/or
the firm that they worked for, would not be subsequently involved as defense
counsel for the subject.

Roles of an AA
The role of the AA volunteer is to serve as a bridge between the Investigation Officer
(IO) and the young suspect to enable both parties to communicate more effectively
during the police interview.
The AA will observe the young suspect and note any emotional and mental health
concerns, and provide support to ensure the well-being of the young suspect.
Volunteering Commitment
(i) Attend a compulsory briefing session
(ii) Attend a compulsory training session
(iii) Be activated an average of 4 times a year (Transport allowance will be
provided)

 

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