Ensuring Youth Interviewed by Police Have Adult Support
From April, youth under the age of 16 may be accompanied by a Singapore Children’s Society volunteer during police interviews.
Children’s Society was appointed the service provider for the Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS) in February for a period of two years. It will provide a neutral adult and emotional support to youth suspected of committing a crime during their interviews with the police. When required, they will also facilitate communication between the youth and the Investigation Officer by rephrasing questions.
The first phase of the AAYS scheme began on 17 April, with support for young suspects investigated by the Bedok Police Division, Criminal Investigation Department, and Central Narcotics Bureau’s Investigation Division.
Children’s Society recruits and manages volunteers for the scheme, facilitates their training, and activates them when requested by the Singapore Police Force and Central Narcotics Bureau.
Adults above the age of 21 can sign up as AAYS volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrants must attend a compulsory briefing before the AAYS volunteer training session.