Our ambition is to improve the quality of policing for children and young people by acknowledging their differences, recognising their vulnerabilities and meeting their needs.
I am delighted to be the National Police Chiefs’ Council portfolio lead for the policing of children and young people.

Youth crime continues to fall but too many young people are still becoming victims and suffering harm. It is essential that we work, alone and with partners, to intervene early and prevent harm to children and young people. Recognising their vulnerability is an important part of this work. A core role for policing is to protect the vulnerable in our society. All forces need to better serve those who are vulnerable through age – it will make a difference to all children and young people across the country.

Children and young people are not “mini-adults” and the better our policing for them is now, the less they may need us in the future. Every interaction leaves a mark and we need to think carefully about what sort of mark that is. In our time of increasingly prioritised policing effort, this strategy will help forces focus on what is essential and what works.

We have four priority areas identified within the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children Report. They are:

  • Stop and search
  • Looked after children
  • Detention, custody and criminalisation of children and young people
  • The relationship between young people and the police

National Strategy for the Policing of Children & Young People

It is a complex area of policing and one that we often struggle to get right. We’re pleased to bring you this strategy, which was endorsed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council in April 2015.

Child Centred Policing Strategy (3MB)

National Action Plan Chart

National National Action Plan Chart (1MB)

National Youth Engagement Project

We commissioned an intensive piece of discovery work to help us find out from young people how they saw the future of engaging with the police. This report shares the findings and the plans for the future.

National Youth Engagement Report (3MB)

Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

Advice for adults and for young people.

Cyberbullying advice for parents (1MB)  Cyberbullying Advice for young people (4MB)