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.


Neoliberalism, African Youth and the notion of ‘waithood’

The majority of African youths are today grappling with a lack of jobs and deficient education. After they leave school with few skills, they are unable to obtain work and become independent, i.e. to build, buy or rent a house for themselves, support their relatives, get married, establish families and gain social recognition as adults.

A critical youth work study: The NCS as a neo-communitarian project

Click here to download full article. The National Citizen Service is described as the UK Government’s flagship citizenship initiative. Since 2011, over 300,000 16- to 17-years-old have participated in the NCS, undertaking activities such as a residential work, team building, life skills and a social action project. In April 2017, the Government introduced the NCS Act creating…