Policing and Children Conference

Policing and Children

This national conference, held on 6 December 2012 in Birmingham, looked at the role of the police in keeping children out of the penal system, interactions between children and the police and children’s rights and participation.

Speakers included:

Download the conference agenda

Workshop contributions included:

The detention of children in police custody

Resolving not criminalising: policing practices which are keeping children out of the penal system

  • Jo Rowland, Head of Criminal Justice and Custody, Hampshire Constabulary
  • PC Jill Shields
  • PC Lea Butcher, Gloucestershire Constabulary - download the presentation slides

Policing and criminalisation of sexually exploited children

  • Sheila Taylor, Director, National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People
  • Professor Jo Phoenix, Durham University

A Question Time panel of young people will discuss: ‘Can the police listen to young people?’

Youth representatives from:

  • U R Boss project
  • Just for Kids Law
  • Wandsworth Youth Council
  • Stopwatch
  • National Council for Voluntary Youth Services.

U R Boss

U R Boss is a ground breaking youth justice project that provides an enhanced legal service shaped by and for young people in custody and those recently released into the community.

It is a project led by young people for young people that is part of the Howard League for Penal Reform.