Appropriate Adult (AA) Scheme*
Do you have a passion and interest for helping persons with mental and intellectual disabilities?
Are you capable of level-headedness and sound reasoning?
Are you 21 years old or above?
The Appropriate Adult Scheme aims to provide assistance to persons with intellectual or mental disability (PWIDs) who are required to give a statement to the Police during investigation.
The role of the Appropriate Adult is to help the PWID communicate more effectively during the police interview so that the PWID does not misunderstand the questions asked or that he is not misunderstood by the Investigation Officer. This will help ensure that statements recorded are reliable.
Why is there a need to assist with communication between the PWID and Police Officer?
PWIDs may have speech, language and communication difficulties which can hamper their ability to express their thoughts effectively. In addition, they can be fearful of police or other authority figures and may be more susceptible to admitting to offences they did not commit, providing inaccurate information to the Police, or otherwise incriminate themselves due to their inability to effectively communicate with the Investigation Officer.
Appropriate Adults play a key and unprecedented role towards supporting vulnerable persons with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and mental illness in the Singapore criminal justice system.
(Please note that from 1 January 2016, MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) has been appointed by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) to take over the administration of AA Service from the Law Society. Please direct all inquiries / registration of interest to AppropriateAdult@minds.org.sg from 1 January 2016 onwards.)
*Scheme not applicable to lawyers and police officers