Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man youth custody help scheme launched

The Isle of Man government has launched a volunteer recruitment drive ahead of plans to offer increased support for vulnerable young people in custody.

Police said the Appropriate Adult scheme is to help officers deal with the "increasing number of vulnerable people with mental health issues".

It is a joint initiative involving the constabulary, the health department and the island's youth justice team.

The government said successful applicants will be given full training.

Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson said: "Fortunately, many young and vulnerable people have a parent or guardian they can call on if they are arrested- for those who don't, the Appropriate Adult scheme will be a real lifeline".

Applications should be made to The Centre for information Resource Care and Assistance.

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