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Young People's Area

Media

"I'm Walking A Life"

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"Whitney Spoken Word"

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"Young People Performing A Song"

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Experiences

"Be good to be close to family and those supporting you"

"Intelligence is more than School smart"

"Young people aren't out of reach. Services are out of reach"

"I just tried to stay out of trouble, connect with family and friends and get early release"

"The word education isn't a great word"

"Young people need a second chance"

"If someone's got something to lose they will fight to keep it"

"Don't judge a book by its cover"

"Knowing your rights and entitlements means you feel more empowered"

"If I complain, I don't think anything will happen"

"The long term affect is massive, but the decision is based on the judges mood"

"Young people should be involved from the beginning"

Natalie Atkinson - Peer Power
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Natalie Atkinson

Natalie spent 9 years involved within the care, youth justice and Criminal Justice System. Classed as a prolific offender, she was a regular visitor within the youth and magistrate courts and spent 13 periods in secure units and prison. Eventually labelled as mentally ill due to the behaviour she was exhibiting in prison and placed on anti-psychotic medication, she decided that she needed to use her support network to help her change her life.

During the next few years Natalie spent her time volunteering, before completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma and securing employment in the Homeless Sector. In 2014 she graduated with a 1st class (hons) in BSc Policing, Investigation and Criminology and was awarded NUS Endsleigh Student of the Year 2014. She is currently working as a Youth Offending Service, Case Officer and has recently graduated with a Masters in Criminal Justice Policy at The LSE. Natalie regularly takes part in conferences and youth involvement events and delivers talks to professionals, service users and those at commissioning level.

Natalie is passionate about challenging the negative and stereotypical perceptions that exist relating to young people. She believes that consistent support and positive relationships is key for children and young people to overcome challenges and build positive futures.

Natalie Atkinson