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Placing the Past in the Present: Tamil Oral History in London chronicles the stories, memories and experiences of Sri Lankan Tamils in London. It is one piece of the larger, one-year Through the generations: Tamil oral history project conducted in 2012.
Inclusive Schools examines race equality and the Coalition Government’s free schools programme.
On 25th May, MiNet launched its mapping report into the impact of the Economic Downturn on BAME Education Services. The report gathered evidence from a range of BAME organisations working in the area of education, and also from local authority commissioners and directors of Children's Services. The report brings together evidence on the vulnerability of smaller organisations including the closure of services. Rob Berkeley, Director of Runnymede Trust and Uvanney Maylor, Reader in Education, University of Bedfordshire, acknowledged the timeliness of the report and commented on the reports importance.
The final report into the impact of serious youth violence and criminal gangs on women and girls across the country was launched on 22nd March 2011.
The report highlights a number of recommendations and some of the key questions. The report encourages services and local authorities to ask in responding to the needs of girls and women who are gang affected include:
- Are your strategies gender-proofed?
- Is your intelligence gender-proofed?
- Do you offer specialist intervention and at what stage?
- Are your referral and information processes clear?
- Are services skilled up enough to effectively respond?
The Female Voice in Violence Project report draws on face-to-face research with 352 friends, relatives, victims or perpetrators of gangs and gang violence. Ranging in age from 13-52, the experiences of these women and girls highlight lessons for policy makers and those working to prevent serious youth violence.
The research highlighted concerns about the lack of appropriate services available to those females caught up in gangs, the use of sexual violence by gang members, and the impact of serious violence on their sexual and mental health.
It highlights ways of supporting women and girls to exit the lifestyle and culture of serious violence - whether as sisters, mothers or girlfriends of gang members, or gang members themselves. The role of local, regional and national policy in supporting this agenda is also examined.
This piece of research highlights the specific problems London's BAME third sector face due to the economic downturn. The report draws attention to the fact the vast majority of BAME organisations across London are small and locally based, with very few being medium sized. These organisations have very little capacity, have not had the same amount of time to develop as mainstream organisations and do not have the same financial resources to fall back on. This research completed by MiNet indicates that many BAME groups have not only experienced a decrease in their main sources of income, but rather this has been coupled with an increase in demand for their services. Evidence based recommendations are put forward targeting policy makers, infrastructure organisations and funders.
On 30th June MiNet launched its report at an event held at NCVO which detailed the impact of the recession on London's BAME Third Sector.
In 2006, ROTA commenced research on the Restoring Relations Project (RRP):
Addressing Hate Crime through Restorative Justice. In April 2008 the RRP released its findings and recommendations.
On March 11th 2009, ROTA launched its Transformative Justice Project with an evening reception at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. The event had a focus on the 10 year anniversary of the Macpherson Inquiry, with high profile speakers sharing their positions on areas ranging from the value of restorative justice, hate crime in schools to the changing face of institutionalised racism. This will go on to inform the work of ROTA's 4 year Transformative Justice Project
This interim report has two specific aims:
CLiNKS, an organisation which works to strengthen and develop the partnerships between voluntary and community-based organisations and the Prison and Probation Services, commissioned Race on the Agenda (ROTA) and Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) to carry out the an evidence based report on what effective commissioning mean to reduce re-offending among BAME communities including gay people.
On November 17th 2008, Race on the Agenda (ROTA), Clinks, NACRO, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the National Body of Black Prisoner Support Groups released the Race for Justice report, 'Less Equal Than Others; Ethnic Minorities and the Criminal Justice System'.
The report highlights the need for the government to act decisively in shaping policy to redress the over-representation of people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in the criminal justice system. The report highlights the fact that around 26% of the prison population in England and Wales is from a BAME background when the same groups account for 9% of the broader population. Looking at the direct experience of BAME communities of the system, it found they were more likely to be prosecuted, less likely to be cautioned, less likely to get bail and more likely to serve longer prison sentences for similar offences.