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.

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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…

Rethinking Stop and Search: Theresa May, Section 60 and the ‘ways of thinking’ about marginalised youth.

When the Home Secretary, Theresa May speaking in parliamentary debate in July 2013, conceded that the percentage of arrests associated with the 1 million ‘stop and searches’ conducted in 2011/12 were “far too low for comfort” you would be forgiven for thinking that there was about to be a wholesale review of this draconian and unjust infringement…

How to Make Voting Meaningful for British Youth

Michael Sani I January 23, 2014 I How to Make Voting Meaningful for British Youth  Whilst there is clear evidence that young people aged 18-25 in UK are failing to engage in party politics, as voter registration is only 50% and only 1 in 4 young people voted in the 2010 general election. In contrast…