The Policing Authority has published a Conference Report from the academic webinar, hosted on the 10th of September for academics, researchers, and participants from some relevant criminal justice agencies on the theme of ‘Children, young people and the police: building confidence and trust’, which included eight speakers and had 70 attendees in total. The keynote presentation entitled ‘Increasing Trustworthiness of the Police in the Eyes of Children by Adopting a Child-First Approach’ was delivered by Mr. Keith Fraser (Chair of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales). A video recording of the plenary session is available here.
Six workshops followed, featuring a range of speakers with significant experience in the area of children and youth justice:
- ‘Challenging the Stigma of Criminalised Identity in Young People’ (Dr Jo Deakin);
- ‘Measurement and Data in Youth Justice Systems and Programmes’ (John Reddy);
- ‘The Needs and Voice of Young People in Contact with the Police’ (Ashling Golden);
- ‘Diversity, Equality, Integration and Policing in Ireland’ (Dr Lucy Michael);
- ‘Youth Commissions on Police and Crime: Partnerships between Young People, Police and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs)’ (Rose Dowling); and
- ‘Promoting Police-Academic Research Partnerships’ (Prof. Adam Crawford).
The short report brings together summaries of each speaker’s contribution, as well as the themes that emerged from the discussions. A video recording of the feedback from the workshops and the closing of the event is here.