Thirty-five thousand children were subject to stop and search by the PSNI between 2011 and 2019, according to research by two academics.

It also suggests that between 2005 and 2016 the use of the powers increased by 74% in Northern Ireland.

In England and Wales over the same period its use fell by 75%.

On Wednesday, Queen's University is hosting a conference on young people, policing and stop and search powers in Northern Ireland.

Period04 Sep 2019

Media coverage


Media coverage


TitlePatten 20 Years On: Young People, Policing and Stop and Search
LocationQueen's University, Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Period04 Sep 2019 → 04 Sep 2019


  • policing
  • PSNI
  • stop and search
  • children's rights
  • police practice
  • young people