The Forth Valley Appropriate Adult service provides communication support to anyone in the area with a mental disorder* who is going through a legal process.

Situations like police interviews can be stressful and confusing. This can be especially true for anyone with a mental disorder, such as personality disorder or a learning disability.

Without proper support, people could provide misleading statements, inappropriate responses, or have a general lack of understanding of events, which could cause problems for proceedings or impact their outcome.

The Forth Valley Appropriate Adult service helps the communication between someone with a mental disorder and the police to ensure they understand what's happening throughout the legal process.

This is a statutory service, overseen by Stirling Council on behalf of all three Forth Valley local authorities.

The day to day work is managed by The Appropriate Adult Co-Ordinator, if you have any further questions please reach out via email.

* The meaning of mental disorder comes from the Mental Health Act 2003 and includes, but is not limited to: mental illness, personality disorder, or learning disability. An agency may consider using this Appropriate Adult service due to the potential impact of a mental disorder during legal processes.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:48 PM