EMPAC is working with Professor Steve Case of Loughborough University, who has produced world-leading research on ‘Child First’ approaches around youth justice, now adopted by the UK Government as best practice.
The Child First principle has been guided by a longstanding body of research and scholarship by Professor Case and key colleagues nationally (notably Professor Kevin Haines, University of South Wales, and Professor Neal Hazel, University of Salford) and a close working relationship with the YJB, Youth Offending Teams and children in the Youth Justice System.
This high impact research is now shifting into wider policy and practice application through the collaborative working of Professor Case working directly with practitioners in regional youth offending and Counter Terrorism.
The Counter terrorism approach is to explore how Child First can help enhance earlier and sustainable interventions, in the context of vulnerability, extremism and dogma.
EMPAC’s Professor Coxhead said, “this is a great example of high impact research that is permeating through to real-world practice by helping refresh important operational matters with a more progressive focus. The opportunity for practitioners leading on their portfolios, such as counter terrorism, to work directly with a global academic expert such as Steve Case just shows you what is possible. It’s great that the East Midlands is leading on this sort of co-productive impact, and it is an inspiration to others out there both in academic research and professional practice, to work together more in order to improve outcomes”.
If you want to know more about Child First see this overview: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/schools/social-sciences-humanities/news/2021/child-first-approach-justice/