14 November 2012

Know Your Rights, Stop and Search - A mapping of know your rights information for young people

Kam Gill's avatar

There is a plethora of Know-Your-Rights information available for young people, through the internet, leaflets and flyers and training sessions. However, young people persistently report being unsure of their rights when stopped by the police. Why is the majority of KYR training failing to adequately prepare young people for encounters with the police? This report maps the various different forms of rights training available and suggests ways it could be made more effective.

The amount of information available to young people on their various legal rights is extensive. However young people regularly find themselves unprepared for encounters with the police. This can lead to a variety of negative outcomes; young people may find themselves pressured into giving away personal information unecessarily, or through a sense of powerlessness may react angrily to an encounter leading to arrest or worse. Clearly much of the training available is failing to get through to the target audience. In addition, information provided may be inaccurate or out of date, further undermining efforts to prepare young people for encounters that can be humiliating, intimidating or occassionally, even violent.

In this report Ifeanyi Odogwu maps out the various different types of KYR information that is available and analyses what can be done to improve provision and delivery to improve young people's awareness and hopefully, the interactions they have on the streets.

This research document is available to download below.