The PSNI engage with young people via a number of different channels.
The Police Service’s Citizenship and Safety Education (CASE) Programme has been developed in an attempt to establish links between the police and the school community. Specially trained police officers talk to pupils about a range of issues from fireworks right through to drugs, alcohol and farm safety in order to promote the safety of young people, their families and communities.
Twice a year, young people are invited to meet with student officers. This allows both parties to raise issues and voice concerns about interaction in both confrontational and non-confrontational situations.
Residential Care and Missing Children
Sometimes young people are not cared for by their parents instead they may live in Residential Care Homes. Guidance has recently been issued to police officers and Residential Care Workers to ensure that if a young person in care misbehaves or leaves the home without permission, they are dealt with in a fair and sensitive manner. This is to reduce the likelihood of the young person becoming further involved in the Criminal Justice System.