BTEG Criminal Justice Network News
Engaging with Muslims within the CJS
BTEG ran a successful training course in collaboration with Hammersmith & Fulham Youth Offending Service. Working with practitioners, it looked at sharing best practice interventions from a culturally competent perspective in the interest of desistance.
The training covered:
- Faith communities and criminal justice
- Engaging with the families of Muslim offenders
- Dealing with Muslim gangs in prisons
- Myths & misconceptions of Islam
- Through the gate - faith centred intervention
More about the courses BTEG offers.
Ethnic disproportionality in London’s Youth Justice System
On 15 July London Council’s and BTEG hosted a successful half-day conference on ethnic disproportionality in London’s Youth Justice System. The event was attended by over 60 attendees from local government, the voluntary sector, MOPAC, and other key partners, such as London Community Rehabilitation Company.
Speakers included David Lammy MP, Sophie Linden - Deputy Mayor for London, Baroness Lola Young and Lin Hinnigan, outgoing CEO of the YJB.
Read Mark Blake’s report on the event.
Opening Doors Network
Giving birth to a new business
Nine months after the Opening Doors Network programme (ODN) ended, a business which received support from ODN has been launched.
IDGO – pronounced “I’d go” is the idea of ODN alumnus Danni Joyette-Hadaway. The product created is an ID card which doubles as a contactless payment card.
The idea for the business came about when Danni lost her own provisional licence and passport at two separate events.
Danni joined the programme run by ABi Associates CiC - one of BTEG’s ODN delivery partners - back in 2014 and was supported over ten sessions to start her own business. This included creating a business plan, marketing the business and understanding finance. All the sessions were delivered by established entrepreneurs Saira Awan and Annika Allen, who shared their knowledge and experiences of their own start-up journeys with ODN participants.
Danni took part in a pitching completion held by ABi to showcase businesses, which was attended by the Mayor of Brent. Danni won first prize after pitching her idea to a tough panel of seasoned entrepreneurs. They were impressed with the marketability of the product and with how well thought out Danni’s idea was in general.
Danni credits ODN, including Saira, who delivered the workshops, by saying “Thank you Sai!! Attending The Opening Doors course was such a good experience and was imperative in getting the IDGO wheels in motion! Many thanks to you all again”
Whilst ODN provided business start-up know-how, Danni approached the Princes Trust start-up programme to secure the funding required to get the business off the ground.
Following the success of ODN, BTEG has developed Ready4Work - a programme aimed at enabling those aged 18-30 to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set along with the other skills necessary to give them a competitive edge in the job market or when starting their own business.
For further information about Ready4Work contact Indra Pooran
JRF Poverty and Ethnicity Programme
BTEG supports JRF Poverty and Ethnicity programme
BTEG are delighted to be the strategic partner for the Joseph Roundtree Foundation (JRF) on the third phase of their Poverty and Ethnicity Demonstration Projects programme.
The first two phases researched causes and links between poverty and ethnicity, considering possible interventions. This phase concentrates on demonstrating what can be done practically to lift people, particularly those from minority ethnic backgrounds, out of poverty.
BTEG took part in the selection phase of the programme, inputting into the process to select eight potential projects from 60 expressions of interest and then supporting JRF with selection of the final four projects.
The projects chosen are:
Bradford City Producer: working to reduce poverty by matching workforce needs of local employers with skilled local people many from BAME backgrounds.
Women Like Us: supporting BAME mothers on low income jobs into better work
Mayor’s Fund for London: supporting young Londoners into sustainable careers whilst improving diversity in the transport sector
Crisis Brent: increasing in-work progression of the BAME population within Harlesden
BTEG’s role is to provide project management support, evaluation support including producing a summary evaluation of the demonstration projects and to provide a forum for projects to share their learning throughout the programme in a series of workshops.
We’ve held two successful and productive workshops to date, allowing projects to share what’s working and, equally as important, what’s not. We have also covered topics including sustainability of projects, influencing and Theory of Change for the programme.
We plan to hold two more workshops later this year in addition to providing some news bulletins for interested parties highlighting what the projects are achieving and how their approach is making a difference.
For more information on the JRF funded Poverty and Ethnicity programme, please contact Indra Pooran at firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving On Up
We are now at the half way stage of the Moving on Up (MoU) Programme and 89 young black men have secured employment.
MoU is a challenging and ground breaking programme that funds six employment providers to support 500 young black men aged 16-24 into work over two years.
Importantly, the partners: Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and BTEG want to learn about the interaction between the young black men and the employers. The partners recently commissioned You Gov to undertake employer message testing with a selection of employers in London.
A separate article will be produced about the findings but one important aspect employers confirmed was the prevalence of negatives stereotypes of young black men in society. If you are a London employer and would like to reach young black males job seekers, please contact Jeremy Crook: Jeremy@bteg.co,.uk
Briefing Paper No 4
The May Briefing Paper for Moving on Up can be downloaded here.
Click on the image below to download an infographic based on the Briefing Paper