Jeremy Crook OBE, Chief Executive writes:
2016 was a milestone for BTEG; the 25th anniversary of the start of the organisation in 1991 and a time to celebrate twenty five years of working across the public, private and voluntary sectors to champion national and local action to reduce racial inequalities for ethnic minority young people.
To mark our anniversary we hosted three Inspire & Challenge lectures in Bristol, Manchester and London and had stimulating discussions at all of them. We covered criminal justice, business and education - all in relation to young BAME people.
It’s clear that there is a great deal more to do on:
- Building trust and confidence in the police among BAME communities
- Building a culture of entrepreneurship with young people at school - what we have termed a ‘business instinct’. We heard from some fantastic young people from Manchester that are executing their business ideas
- Connecting young people to employers and preparing them for work at school, college and university.
You can download presentations for the event here.
We have put some comparison statistics in our new publication 25 Years of Action on Race Equality: THE BTEG STORY which shows why will still need race equality organisations, activists and campaigners.
We were delighted to bring our 25th anniversary programme to an end with a reception at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Tom McNally, the chair of the Youth Justice Board and a former Minister of State.
David Olusoga, historian, award-winning film maker, author of Black and British a Forgotten History and one of the presenters of the forthcoming Civilisations documentary series, gave a captivating speech.
You can read a blog about the event, by Mohammad Wajihuddin, here.
I’d like to thank the following organisations that partnered with us on our lectures: GIFT, Manchester Metropolitan University, BSWN, Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality and the Council for Somali Organisations.
The Cabinet Office is planning to launch a race disparities digital platform later this year to expose ethnic disparities in public services. This is a welcome development and BTEG is working with colleagues in the race equality sector to make sure the availability of more data leads to greater action being taken by public bodies to close gaps where they exist.
I’m really pleased that we are launching our new Routes2Success ethnic minority role programme in London. We hope to raise more funds in the near to deliver the programme in Bristol and Manchester. BTEG’s role model programme is unique and we know from over a thousand young people it makes a big difference connecting with successful role models that look like themselves as early as possible.
Sadly, earlier this year Dr Carl Hylton passed, he was the chairperson at Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust. We had the pleasure of working with Carl (and Claude) on our routes2success programme. Carl worked tirelessly to advance the African and Caribbean communities.
Routes2Success Programme relaunches
BTEG are delighted that our R2S role model programme has received funding from John Lyons Charity to be able to relaunch.
Running for three years in London, the programme will be seeking to achieve positive outcomes for young BAME girls and women and young black boys and men – aged 11-25 and living in the nine boroughs that John Lyon’s focuses on:
We are actively looking for organisations to work with so if you are a school, college or university within these boroughs – with a large proportion of young ethnic minority females or black males then please do get in touch to discuss how we can work with you to support your young people.
R2S matches BAME female and black male volunteer role models with young people to provide positive inspiration and motivation, alongside sharing stories of their journey to succeed in their chosen careers. The aim of the programme is to improve positive outcomes for young people particularly around education and employment.
We recently heard from our male role models recruited for the first phase of the R2S programme about how they think R2S makes a difference:
“Through these sessions we were ‘giving hope’ [to young people]”
“Impact [for young people] was making the link between the ‘know’ and ‘how’ – having knowledge and knowing how to apply it”.
“Seeing young people’s ‘eye’s light up’ and knowing that ‘it’s possible’”
The role models felt that sharing their own story, which registers with young people, was impactful.
We are recruiting BAME female volunteers at the moment and if motivating young women to:
- Remain in or return to education
- Consider careers in Science/Technology/Engineering/Maths (STEM) sectors
- Better understand skills that employers are looking for
sounds like something you want to get involved in then please apply here
We are particularly interested in hearing from women who work in STEM sectors to share their thoughts and personal experiences about why BAME young girls and women should consider careers within STEM...
For more information about the R2S programme please contact: Indra Pooran (interim Programme Director). email@example.com
Work Placements 4 ME
Work Placements 4 ME is a BTEG initiative, funded by the City Bridge Trust.
The programme enables young BAME Londoners (aged 18-30) to find useful placements in the areas that they want to work. Participants will be given personal 1-2-1 development support to make sure they maximise the opportunity presented to them.
We recently supported a young law graduate to secure a work placement with a charity supporting victims of domestic abuse. This ‘introduction’ and experience has opened up opportunities for Sarah. She is now focused and actively seeking roles to work with victims of abuse.
“Thank you for your time, it means a lot to me. I now know exactly what I need to do and the experience has opened up options in my mind. Thank you”.
Sarah - aged 26
The programme also runs a series of training courses to support organisations hosting volunteers. Most recently we delivered ‘Volunteering and the Law’ ‘Developing your Volunteering programme’ Participant feedback included:
“Good resources/excellent tips”
“Really interesting course, great trainer/very useful content on developing a volunteer programme”
“The legal importance of differentiating between employee and volunteer; the infrastructure needed for a programme was really useful”
If you are a young person 18-30 that would benefit from a high quality placement or if your organisation would like to offer a placement to a young person please get in touch Tebussum Rashid Tebussum@bteg.co.uk
Criminal Justice Network News
Lammy Review launches interim findings report
David Lammy’s review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) launched its interim findings with two statistical reports (download here and here) and an open letter to the Prime Minister. At this stage the review has made it clear that it is not putting forward recommendations to address ethnic disproportionality but is providing detailed analysis on the contrasting
experiences of different ethnic groups in the CJS.
The Young Review has been supporting David Lammy’s Review by organising a series of roundtables with former offenders, and supporting the Review Team’s efforts in gaining a greater under-standing of the rise in Muslims in the prison population. Further collaborations are planned in the areas of mental health and youth justice in the New Year.
Prison Reform White Paper
On 3 November the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) launched its Prison Safety and Reform White Paper.
The White Paper progresses the Gove agenda with prison autonomy, a stronger role for the inspectorate and OFSTED style league tables for prisons. However the White Paper priority is that of prison safety and addressing what has emerged over recent months as a crisis in our prisons system.
The issues of improving outcomes for groups over represented in the system, does not get any attention in the White Paper. Also, areas such as youth justice, prison education, and reform of the DBS system are not mentioned in any great detail.
Caroline Flint speaks out about staff shortages in prisons
Writing in the Yorkshire Post, Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, argues that whilst it is important to look at new ideas for the support and rehabilitation of prisoners, without the right staff numbers, it will be difficult, if not impossible to achieve. Read the full story here
Supporting youth diversion
Youth diversion schemes are a way of addressing low-level criminal behaviour without putting a young person through prosecution or formal cautions.
The Centre for Justice Innovation has created a toolkit intended to help practitioners to support youth diversion schemes in England and Wales.
You can read more about the toolkit here, where you can also download a copy.
Knife crime: Why are more youths carrying knives?
Knife crime is on the rise across the UK, particularly in London, and police say most of those caught carrying blades have no links to gangs. The BBC examines why here.
Prisons in England and Wales need a "profound culture change"
Research by the Centre for Mental Health and the Howard League for Penal Reform found argues that the working environment in prisons is unsafe and leads to an increased risk self-harm or suicide amongst prisoners.
Read more about this on the BBC website or download the report
Harsher sentencing is not the reason for the surging prison population, says Justice Secretary
In a recent speech the Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, suggested that increased violence and suicides in prisons are not as a result of the length of sentence received by prisoners.
Politics Home reports that she has been warned that efforts to improve prisoner rehabilitation will be scuppered by the Government’s refusal to consider reducing sentences.
News From Around the Sector
Employability Skills: The Views of Young People and Employers
CASCAID - a careers guidance service owned by Loughborough University – has produced its latest careers report for 2016 - Mining Young People’s Interests and Choices to Improve Outcomes. It analyses the changing career choices made by young people. It provides data that offers an insight and understanding of young people in relation to the world of work and potential career paths.
You can download a copy of the report from this page
Baroness Lola Young to chair Man Booker Prize 2017
Baroness Lola Young OBE, chair of the Young Review Independent Advisory Group, will be chairing the judging panel for next year’s Man Booker Prize.
The winner of the prize will be announced next October.
Our Migration Story: The Making of Britain
Our Migration Story: The Making of Britain is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded website. It is collaboration between the Runnymede Trust and academics based at the universities of Cambridge and Manchester. It draw on the words and research of over 60 historians based in universities and historical institutions – including the National Archives, the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal Historical Society.
The website is a useful resource for anyone interested the often untold stories of the generations of migrants who came to and shaped the British Isles.
You can read the head of the project, Dr Malachi McIntosh, talking about the project in this blog from the Runnymede Trust.
The Casey Review: a review into opportunity and integration
In July 2015, at the request of the then Prime Minister and Home Secretary, Dame Louise Casey was asked to undertake a review into integration and opportunity in our most isolated and deprived communities. The resulting report sets out the findings of that review. It can be downloaded here or you can download an executive summary here
The Guardian has an article in which some of those mentioned in the report give their reaction.
Black African and Caribbean citizens suffer ‘ethnic penalty’ in UK cities
New research by The University of Manchester suggests that Britain’s metropolitan cities are holding back ethnic minorities in education and employment.
The report looks at population census data for Bristol and Manchester finds that Bristol has the widest race inequality gap of any big city, although four London boroughs - Lambeth, Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Brent - had a race inequality rating even worse than Bristol.
Read more here
Black and working-class students are less likely to apply to highly selective universities
Franklyn Addo writes in the Guardian
about why he declined a place at Cambridge University and why many students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds experience education differently.
Entries open for the 2017 BAME short story prize
The Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story competition for 2017 is now open to entrants. It is open to black, Asian and minority ethnic writers with original stories of no more than 6,000 words, to be submitted by 2 April.
To find out more about the competition and how to enter click here.