Learning from Wales: COVID and young people in conflict with the law

Join Dr Anthony Charles (Criminology Lead for the Observatory on the Human Rights of Children at Swansea University and CYCJ Associate) for a webinar on how COVID-19 has affected young people who are in conflict with the law (or at risk of being so) in Wales, and what we can learn to inform our responses in Scotland. 

Without doubt, COVID-19 has created a shockwave that has impacted upon the whole of society. The lockdown, disruption to public services and personal impacts of the crisis have meant that existing perspectives and ‘ways of doing things’ have been significantly challenged. As well as those issues which are more clearly visible such as service reduction and re-alignment, the consequences of COVID-19 on life routines, behaviour and policy are still unclear and only beginning to emerge.

For young people in, or at risk of conflict with the law (some of the most vulnerable individuals in society), this crisis has created profound tensions, notably in terms of their ability to access and/or receive help and support, the way that appropriate interventions are planned and delivered and the very existence of the safety nets which should exist to protect them. This may have serious implications and require pro-active responses by policy makers and practitioners.

Reflecting on how COVID-10 may have affected young people in Wales (and across the UK), this webinar will explore the perspectives of practitioners concerning the crisis, seek to understand the implications of shifts in service provision on both young people and agencies and look forward to consider what actions might be needed to protect the rights of young citizens who come into conflict with the law.

Following his talk, Dr Anthony Charles will take questions for a short period.

Register here – please note that the Zoom details will be sent to you 24 hours before the event takes place.

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Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622


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