Pathway Stage 1

Policing and arrest

Young adults are disproportionately likely to come into contact with the police.

An arrest and criminal record can have a detrimental impact on a young person’s future, particularly employment. Out of court disposals, including conditional cautions, restorative justice interventions and referral to young adult specific support services can be a better option.

T2A recommends that the police receive specific training for managing contact with young adults, particularly on stop and search and when making arrests. Instead the police should support diversions from the justice system for young adults, maximise their opportunities to move away from crime and develop positive identities as they navigate the transition to adulthood.