The PSNI is often the first point of contact between young people and the criminal justice system, it is vital we get these interactions right.

Youth Justice / Young People & Policing

We continue to lobby on a range of issues concerning criminal justice, building on our comprehensive paper submitted during the Review of Youth Justice in 2011.

Currently 10 year olds living in Northern Ireland can be arrested, prosecuted, get a criminal record and even be locked up. At Include Youth we know there are better ways to address this behaviour that provides better outcomes for children, families and communities.

On February 10th 2015 we launched Raise the Age NI, a collective seeking legislative change in Northern Ireland so that 10 and 11 year olds who commit crime are dealt with in a much more effective way. Click here to read our briefing on why we want to raise the age of criminal responsibility.

You can view more of our youth justice policy work here.


Policing is a priority policy area for Include Youth, it is a key children's rights issue.

The PSNI is often the first point of contact between young people and the criminal justice system, it is vital we get these interactions right however there are often strained relationships between young people and the police.

Include Youth actively engages with the PSNI, Policing Board and Police Ombudsman to make sure their practice and policies both work in the best interests of young people and that young people have a voice in their creation and implementation. You can view our policy responses here.