Young People, Policing and Stop & Search

School of SSESW academic John Topping (right) was delighted to join youth delegates in welcoming the new PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne to our packed conference on Young People, Policing and Stop & Search. The event at Queen’s on 4 September was a collaboration with Include Youth and the Children’s Law Centre, who supported young people in putting their views and questions to speakers at the conference.

In addition to expert input from John Topping, delegates heard from Katrina Ffrench (Chief Executive of Stop Watch), Professor Ben Bradford (chair of Global City Policing and Director of the Jill Dando Institute for Security and Crime Science) and Tim Mairs (Police Service of Northern Ireland). Themes covered included the use of Stop and Search powers against young people along with profiling, children’s right to peaceful protest and policing innovations to support the mental health needs of those interfacing with police.

Also on the programme was a superb performance from c21 Theatre Company encapsulating young people’s experience of Stop and Search. For more information about the research behind the event see