Policing and young adults

Policing and young adults

Young adults

Young adults in the 18 to 25 age group make up less than 10 per cent of the UK population, but account for a third of those sentenced to prison and 30 to 40 per cent of cases involving police time each year.

Evidence on maturity

There is a growing body of research which shows that many young adults have not yet reached full developmental maturity, which can lead them to engage in risky behaviours. This has led many to argue that a distinct approach to this age group should be adopted by all agencies across the criminal justice system.

Project aims

  • The project reviewed the current approach to young adults across policing and examined the most signficant developments that have taken place in the five year period since an initial scoping report was published by the Police Foundation in 2013.
  • It looked at cases of best practice from forces that are experimenting with distinct approaches to young adults.
  • It proposed a number of pilot studies to test the practicability and effectiveness of alternative approaches.