Criminology students take part in de-escalation exercise

Students learn about de-escalation online.

Students learn about de-escalation online.

Our Criminology, Communities and Criminal Justice Foundation Degree students have been finding out first-hand about the skills and qualities held in high regard by the criminal justice sector.

The students took part in an online de-escalation exercise that allowed them to put theory into practice. They were taken out of their comfort zone, and they had to communicate under pressure, make dynamic risk assessments, work effectively as a team and implement conflict resolution strategies that make them ‘stand out from the crowd’ – a key feature of the programme.

Confronting angry or confrontational offenders may be among the most difficult duties in criminal justice sector. This is a learned skill and the ability to successfully achieve de-escalation can have definite safety and security implications. A person’s ability to effectively de-escalate confrontation can mean the difference between a use of force situation or a peaceful resolution.

“People want to know more about how the criminal justice system works”

Luke Hellewell, Public Services HE Pathway Leader at Barnsley College, said: “People want to know more about how the criminal justice system works. When we designed this programme it was really important that students get an opportunity to convert theory into practice – we believe we have the balance just right.”

Barnsley College is working with businesses to lead the economic recovery and meet employers’ needs, both now and for future roles, by providing students and adults with the skills to succeed.

For more information visit our Criminology, Communities and Criminal Justice course page.

Last updated: 8th March 2021

Originally posted on: 8th March 2021