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Be an ‘Appropriate Adult’


**For information only: Applications closed**. 


Bailiwick Law Enforcement is looking for people to become Appropriate Adults.

This voluntary role ensures that the interest, rights, entitlements and welfare of vulnerable adults suspected of involvement in crime are respected.

Recently we spoke to Sergeant Stephen Phillips who is in charge of the scheme to find out how it works:

– Whenever there is a need for an Appropriate Adult, a text message goes to all members of the pool of volunteers to see who is free to do it. So, although the role would probably not be suitable for someone working full time, it is also flexible if you happen to be busy at that moment.

– Suspects tend to be arrested in the evenings so police interviews are usually in the mornings. If the case goes to court, you will be asked if you wish to follow through with the same person – but you don’t have to.

– You’ll be asked to attend a training session for a few hours on one evening or weekend to understand the policies and procedures the police must follow for detainees. If you’re happy to cover court sessions as well, you’ll have a chance to observe some beforehand.

– You will shadow someone a couple of times before being an Appropriate Adult yourself. You’ll have a mentor you can call on during a case if you are unsure.

– If a case is distressing, you’ll have access to States of Guernsey and Police welfare support.

– Sgt Phillips is keen to speak to people who have knowledge or experience of supporting people with learning disabilities or difficulties, mental health concerns or communication difficulties.  However, these skills are not mandatory, he is looking for a broad range of people.

– There will be two Q&A sessions with existing Appropriate Adults at the end of January for candidates to find out more from those who already do the role. Details are being emailed to those who contact Sgt Phillips on 725111.

Find out more here.

Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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