Published Friday March 4 2022
Our Justice First Fellow, Rebecca Dooley, has been working on a project as part of her Fellowship to create training on police powers and the police complaints system and deliver the training to frontline workers in local authorities and Appropriate Adults.
Over the course of 2021 Rebecca developed the training, which includes a practical element on how to make an effective complaint using real-life case studies. With the assistance of solicitors from the Police Law team, the training has now been delivered to social work and youth offending teams from Hackney and Southwark councils. Training and a one-off webinar were also delivered to over 120 Appropriate Adult volunteers from across England and Wales.
Attendees have given feedback that the training has taught them a lot that they did not know about police powers, and that after attending the training they felt more empowered to assist the young people they work with to make complaints.
Rebecca aims to expand the training to other local authorities across London, and to adapt the training to be delivered directly to schools.