Engaging with children and young people
Engaging with children and young people

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Engaging with children and young people

Engaging with children and young people

Introduction

Perhaps more than any other engagement, the first encounter that a young person has with police can form their perception for years to come.

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children 2013-2014, Baroness Massey of Darwen, is clear that:

Children’s first encounter with police officers can have a lasting effect on how they view the police and engage with them as adults. Many young people spoke passionately to the inquiry about the positive impact of developing close relationships with police officers – through community projects, in schools and with Volunteer Police Cadets – but we found that too frequently these initiatives were the result of the enthusiasm of a handful of staff, and practice was not widespread, leading to a ‘postcode lottery’ effect.

(All Party Parliamentary Group for Children, 2014, p. 2)

The key implication of this is that first impressions count. If children and young people are able to develop a neutral if not hopefully positive impression of the police, then it will support more positive outcomes and interactions in the long term.

In this course, we take a look at how police engage with children and young people, and how it might be done differently.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand more effective ways of engaging with children and young people
  • understand the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • understand the difference between ‘at risk’ and ‘risky behaviours’
  • evaluate potential steps that can be taken to better support children and young people.
PWC_3

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371