About our Trouble with the Law campaign
Our campaign ‘Trouble with the Law’ calls on all Police and Crime Commissioner candidates to recognise vulnerable children and young people within their election campaigns across England and Wales.
Care experienced children and young people should not be disadvantaged by their care status. However, our research has found them to be at significant risk of criminal exploitation and vastly overrepresented within the criminal justice system.
Despite this overrepresentation, NYAS’ Trouble with the Law campaign highlights how care experienced young people are too often overlooked in police and crime plans. The work of Police and Crime Commissioners has a huge impact on the most vulnerable children, and the campaign demonstrates how critical their inclusion in these plans are.
NYAS has written to all candidates across England and Wales to recommend what action is needed by Police and Crime Commissioners to protect and support care-experienced children and young people. The Welsh translation can be found here.
Did you know?
- Care-experienced children make up half of those placed in youth custody.
- The police in England and Wales received 23,000 callouts from children’s homes during 2018.
- Around a quarter of all identified or suspected trafficked children were missing from care.
- A recent serious case review into the shooting of a 14-year-old boy found that because of perceived gang involvement, professionals failed to identify him as a victim rather than a criminal.
- As of May 2020, over half of children held in custody were from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds.
- Three quarters of employers in the UK admit they would discriminate against young people who disclose their criminal record at an early stage.
- In Surrey, their youth restorative intervention programme has seen a 92% decrease in first time entrants to the youth justice system.
- Over the last ten years, the average custodial sentence length given to children increased by more than six months, from 11.4 to 17.7 months.
- The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has indicated that 12 years should be the ‘absolute minimum’ age at which children become liable to criminal proceedings.
What we want to happen
NYAS’ Trouble with the Law campaign is calling on all Police and Crime Commissioner candidates and
mayors with policing responsibility to pledge their commitment to supporting care experienced children and young people. Their work can have a huge impact on vulnerable children, so the upcoming election will be vital.
NYAS are calling on all candidates to pledge their commitment to the following pledges:
- To work to keep care-experienced young people out of the criminal justice system.
- To never make policies about them, without them.
- To protect victims of exploitation and missing children.
- To campaign to end the life-long stigma of criminal records.
Candidates who have signed our pledge
Throughout this election we will be updating here and across our social media channels which candidates have pledged their support to this campaign.
We will be updating this daily.
You can also get involved in this campaign by sharing your support with the #TroubleWithTheLaw hashtag.
|Kerry Barker||Avon and Somerst||Labour|
|Cleo Lake||Avon and Somerst||Green|
|Heather Shearer||Avon and Somerst||Liberal Democrats|
|Mark Shelford||Avon and Somerst||Conservative|
|John Smith||Avon and Somerst||Independent|
|Jas Parmar||Bedfordshire||Liberal Democrat|
|Rupert Moss-Eccardt||Cambridgeshire||Liberal Democrat|
|Jo Conchie||Cheshire||Liberal Democrats|
|Nicholas Goulding||Cheshire||Reform UK|
|Chris Jones||Cleveland||Liberal Democrats|
|Loraine Birchall||Cumbria||Liberal Democrats|
|Stan Heptinstall||Derbyshire||Liberal Democrat|
|Brian Blake||Devon and Cornwall||Liberal Democrat|
|Gareth Derrick||Devon and Cornwall||Labour|
|Alison Hernandez||Devon and Cornwall||Conservative|
|Stuart Jackson||Devon and Cornwall||Green|
|Mark Robson||Dorset||Liberal Democrat|
|Dafydd Llywelyn||Dyfed-Powys||Plaid Cymru|
|Richard Murphy||Hampshire||Liberal Democrat|
|Sam North||Hertfordshire||Liberal Democrat|
|Bob Morgan||Humberside||Liberal Democrats|
|Graham Colley||Kent||Liberal Democrat|
|Kristofor Brown||Merseyside||Liberal Democrat|
|John Crofts||Norfolk||Liberal Democrat|
|Ana Savage Gunn
|Pat Astbury||North Wales||Conservative|
|Andy Dunbobbin||North Wales||Labour|
|Ann Griffith||North Wales||Plaid Cymru|
|Phillip Allott||North Yorkshire||Conservative|
|Alison Hume||North Yorkshire||Labour|
|Keith Tordoff||North Yorkshire||Independent|
|David Watts||Nottinghamshire||Liberal Democrat|
|Michael Alfred Baker||South Wales||Independent|
|Nadine Marshall||South Wales||Plaid Cymru|
|Alun Michael||South Wales||Labour|
|Carolyn Webster||South Wales||Conservative|
|Alan Billings||South Yorkshire||Labour|
|David Chinchen||South Yorkshire||Conservative|
|Joe Otten||South Yorkshire||Liberal Democrats|
|James Sandbach||Suffolk||Liberal Democrat|
|Paul Kennedy||Surrey||Liberal Democrat|
|Jamie Frank Bennett
|Matthew Barber||Thames Valley||Conservative|
|Laetisia Catherine Carter||Thames Valley||Labour|
|Louis Adam||Warwickshire||Liberal Democrat|
|John-Paul Campion||West Mercia||Conservative|
|Kuldip Sahota||West Mercia||Labour|
|Simon Foster||West Midlands||Labour|
|Julie Hambleton||West Midlands||Independent|
|Jon Hunt||West Midlands||Liberal Democrat|
|Jay Singh-Sohal||West Midlands||Conservative|
|Junab Ali||Wiltshire and Swindon||Labour|
|Mike Rees||Wiltshire and Swindon||Independent|
|Jonathon Seed||Wiltshire and Swindon||Conservative|
Mayoral Candidate List
|Andy Burnham||Greater Manchester||Labour|
|Michael Elston||Greater Manchester||Independent|
|Laura Evans||Greater Manchester||Conservative|
|Melanie Horrocks||Greater Manchester||Green|
|Simon Lepori||Greater Manchester||Liberal Democrats|
|Valerie Brown||London||The Burning Pink Party|
|Winston McKenzie||London||Unity in Action|
|Luisa Porritt||London||Liberal Democrat|
|Mandu Reid||London||Women’s Equality Party|
|Bob Buxton||West Yorkshire||Yorkshire|
|Andrew Cooper||West Yorkshire||Green|
|Stewart Golton||West Yorkshire||Liberal Democrat|
|Matthew Robinson||West Yorkshire||Conservative|