The policing of belonging: Youth, marginalisation and ‘stop and search’

This article examines the impact of policing  on the lives and sense of belonging for young people within disadvantaged communities.  It will critically explore how young people’s encounters with the police can result in a stigmatising and marginalising effect. It questions the effectiveness of current policing practice that is based upon instrumental goals, i.e. targets and outputs rather than an inclusive role which recognises the importance signals such practices send to young people and communities. It concludes by advocating for the need for a form of pastoral policing that fosters a dialogue and trust with young people, and an approach that acknowledges the importance of social spaces to young people’s identity and feelings of belonging.

National Citizen Service (NCS): 3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

The NCS appears on the surface has a great opportunity for school leavers to do something good for their communities. It also supposed to be about learning new skills and meeting new people. However, the evaluation of the programmes suggests it’s not really succeeding with these goals. It is becoming the only show in town, attracting £1 billion to expand, largely collected by new private youth providers, offering employability skills and work-readiness approaches to citizenship.

National Citizen Service (NCS): 3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

The NCS appears on the surface has a great opportunity for school leavers to do something good for their communities. It also supposed to be about learning new skills and meeting new people. However, the evaluation of the programmes suggests it’s not really succeeding with these goals. It is becoming the only show in town, attracting £1 billion to expand, largely collected by new private youth providers, offering employability skills and work-readiness approaches to citizenship. It suggests youth citizenship is not about empowerment, critical thinking or participation in democracy, instead it is based on neoliberal values – a sort of economic imperative of citizenship – witnessed by the shift towards employability and well-being indicators which surrounds current youth policy thinking.

Seán F. Murphy (2014), Bordered citizenship: National identities, transnational lives and the limitation of the UK’s National Citizen Service

Originally posted on YOUTH VOICE JOURNAL:
This article offers a critical look at the UK Government’s flagship youth citizenship policy the National Citizen Service (NCS). ?It draws upon contemporary European research, debates and policy agendas around youth democracy and social integration to provide a contextual background for analysing why some EU nation states citizenship programmes…

Youth Rights and Criminal Justice

Introduction This article will examine the key youth rights underpinned by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) related to crime and youth justice.  It will explore the effectiveness of the UK government’s youth justice system in protecting and upholding these rights.  Lastly, it will identify and consider the key issues…