This page contains selected editorials and articles from past editions of ROTA's Journal "Supplement". Each edition focuses on a specific issue of importance to BAME communities. If you would like to receive future editions of Supplement you can join ROTA by completing our membership form. As the downloads on this page are pdf documents you will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader to view them. This can be downloaded free of charge from Hard copies of Supplement can be obtained by contacting ROTA

Race on the Agenda: Supplement, Special Edition (Winter 2011) Trust and confidence in the criminal justice system

Supplement Winter 2011 coverLong-term slump in BAME trust and confidence in the police assessed for further dips

Deaths in police custody, 'under-protection' of minority ethnic communities, and shocking stop and search figures all contribute to the view that the criminal justice system is not on the side of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Eighteen years removed from the death of Stephen Lawrence, ROTA's final Transformative Justice Project publication explores the complex issues behind trust and confidence in the criminal justice system, assessing the impact of community and institutional initiatives and making the case for a redoubled effort to (re)build BAME trust and confidence in the criminal justice system.

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Race on the Agenda: Supplement (Spring 2011) The Equality Act 2010

supplement spring 2011 cover'Equality Act there for the shaping' says new ROTA publication

The Equality Act 2010 can make a difference, provided local communities work collectively to make it work for them, argues a new publication from Race on the Agenda (ROTA). In ROTA's latest Supplement publication, The Equality Act 2010: What difference does it make?, experts from the voluntary sector talk about the importance of the Act for protected groups and the practical steps we can take to make it work for us. The range of topics, from HIV and employment to disability, dispel perceptions of the Act as either a cumbersome hunk of legislation or an inaccessible, unenforceable writ of law. Instead, the authors, with caution, point to examples of success and conclude that, as with many things in the sector, it really is up to us.

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Race on the Agenda: Supplement 31 (Winter 2007) Criminal Justice System


Criminal Justice System


  1. Editorial
    Dr Theo Gavrielides, Head of Policy, ROTA
  2. Culture over Crime: Looking at guns, knives and gangs in a different way
    Carlene Firmin, Building Bridges Project Leader, ROTA
  3. Restorative Justice & Hate Crime: A viable option?
    Babar Khan and Ryan Honeman, ROTA
  4. Human rights: A powerful tool to combat prejudiced-based bullying
    Lewis Parle, Youth Empowerment Project Leader, IARS
  5. Partnership work to address hate crime using mediation
    Elena Noel, Hate Crime Project Manager, Southwark Mediation Centre
  6. Partnership Work between Police and Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations
    Rick Allard, Operations Manager, Safer London Foundation
  7. The role of Respect in race equality, social justice and criminal justice
    Omar Khan, Research & policy Analyst, Runnymede Trust
  8. Multiple Descrimination and Hate Crime: An LGBT BAME account
    Deborah Gold, Chief Executive, Galop
  9. Addressing Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System
    Neena Samota, Policy and Research Manager, NACRO
  10. Refrecting on the Race Duty and its Implication for Criminal Justice
    George Mills, Senior Policy & Programmes Adviser, Commission for Racial Equality
  11. The Prevention of Violence in our Society: Getting to the roots of the problem
    Sean Cameron, Child and Education Psychologist, University College London
  12. Restorative Approaches in Education: Tackling prejuduce-based bullying
    Luke Roberts, Restorative Approaches Co-ordinator, Lambeth Council
  13. Impetus Awards, Institute for Global Ethics UK Trust - Impetus Youth Programme
    Lorna Robins, England Co-ordinator


The Role of Respect in Race Equality, Social Justice and Criminal Justice

Omar Khan, Research and Policy Analyst, Runnymede Trust

For those fearful of today's British youth, a common refrain is that they fail to show due respect to their elders. A perceived "lack of respect" is, however, not limited to editorial diatribes against young people. Various groups, including young people, feel disrespected or "dissed" by fellow citizens. The government has waded into this confusion by developing a 'Respect Action Plan'. While this document seeks to justify policy in the name of respect more generally, the government's concern for respect has more prominently linked itself to the notion of anti-social behaviour. Critics of such a policy then also charge the government with failing to respect the rights of its citizens...


Addressing Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System

Neena Samota, Policy and Research Manager, NACRO

Disproportionality, or disproportionate representation, based on ethnicity is a core challenge for the criminal justice system (CJS) in England and Wales. The Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) report on Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System, published in May 2007, succinctly concluded that...

Race on the Agenda: Supplement 30 (Spring 2007) Special Edition - Homelessness, Working in Partnership


Homelessness: Working in Partnership


  1. Editorial
    Dr Theo Gavrielides, Head of Policy, ROTA
  2. The Homeless Community Speaking for themselves
    Habiba Nabatu, Equal Contract Manager, OSW
  3. Day Centres: Meeting the Challenge of London's New Communities
    Alan Docherty, Assessment and Advice Manager, Passage Day Centre
  4. Homelessness: A Gendered Account
    John-Paul Wares, Policy and Strategy Adviser, Crisis
  5. Volunteering: A Route out of Social Exclusion for Homeless People
    Kate Bowgett, Volunteer Development Manager, OSW
  6. Barriers and Solutions to Employment
    Linda Butcher, Chief Executive, OSW
  7. The Homelessness Community and Employment: Does it Work?
    Michael Fothergill, Policy and Communications Officer, OSW
  8. Towards the Mayor's Housing Strategy Tackling Worklessness
    Jon Williams, LOREDA Project Co-ordinator, OSW
  9. Homelessness in Hungary: Lessons from Abroad
    Feher Boroka, Equal Programme Manager, Hungary
  10. Access to Employment - An Employer Perspective
    Bill Williams, Workspace Programme Manager, The Connection at St. Martin's
  11. The Invisible Dimensions of London's BAME Homeless Individuals
    Dr Theo Gavrielides, Head of Policy, ROTA and Eshe Petinaud Allen Equal Project Manager, ROTA


The Homeless Community - Speaking for themselves

Habiba Nabatu, Equal Contract Manager - OSW

Background - The Empowerment and Innovation Fund

The Empowerment and Innovation Fund was set up by Off the Streets and into Work (OSW), using funding from the European Social Fund under the Equal Community Initiative Programme, to provide support to organisations to set up innovative projects led, shaped or influenced by homeless people, to improve their employability. Projects created through the Empowerment and Innovation Fund had to fit the criteria of strengthening the sustainability of self-employment, volunteering or social enterprise, and had to present a new methodology or way of working, which was neither a replica nor a continuation...


The Invisible Dimensions of London's BAME Homeless Individuals

Dr Theo Gavrielides and Eshe Petinaud Allen, ROTA

The 2003 Mid Year Estimates (MYE) showed that 7,387,900 people are living in London, with more than 3 million belonging to Black Asian minority ethnic (BAME) groups. It is estimated that over the next ten years, BAME communities will account for 80% of the increase in London's working age population. The rate of homelessness in London is twice as high as the rest of England with over 50,000 homeless households.

There is evidence that people from BAME groups disproportionately face various housing problems and the spectre of homelessness. In addition, research shows...

Race on the Agenda: Supplement 29 (Summer 2006) Delivering Services - BAME Communities


Delivering Services - BAME Communities


  1. Editorial
    Dinah Cox, Chief Executive, ROTA
  2. London Irish Community - From 12th Century Onwards
    Tish Collins, Director, London Irish Women's Centre
  3. The Changing Chinese Community in London
    Tom Lam, Information, Policy & Research, LCCN
  4. African Caribbean Communities in London
    Esther Stanford, Freelance Consultant and Educator
  5. An Irish context and perspective
    Seán Hutton, Community Policy Officer, Federation of Irish Societies
  6. Charedi Communities & the Voluntary Sector - An Overview
    Melanie Danan, Policy and Regeneration Manager, Interlink
  7. The Albanian-Speaking Community in the UK
    Caroline ffrench Blake, Director, Albanian Youth Action and Xhevat Ademi Education Community & Youth Leader, Albanian Youth Action
  8. A Reflection of Indian Communities in London
    Buddhdev Pandya, Senior Policy Development Officer, Confederation of Indian Organisations (UK)


A Reflection of Indian Communities in London

Buddhdev Pandya, Senior Policy Development Officer, Confederation of Indian Organisations

London with its rich diversity of ethnic minorities is home to almost half the UK population of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people. Ethnic minorities represent over 40 per cent of London's total population. Over 41% of the people of Indian origin of their national population of 1,053,411 live in the Capital.

The Confederation of Indian Organisations (CIO) (UK), addresses the needs of a diverse ...


The Albanian Speaking Community in the UK

Caroline Ffrench Blake and Xhevat Ademi, Albanian Youth Action

Background and Origin

Up to the mid 1990s, only a small number of ethnic Albanians have lived in the UK. During the Second World War a wave of immigrants left Albania, with some coming to the UK as well as America, Australia and other countries. There are not many of this generation alive now, and their children and grandchildren are indistinguishable from the host population, except from their recognisable Albanian names. Later, there was a massive migration out of Albania at the time of the fall of communism in 1991, mainly to Greece, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Immigration specifically to the UK dated mostly from the late nineties following the civil war in Albania and the emptying of the armories. Some 800 children died in 1997 and many more were injured, as a direct result of the widespread use of weapons by the general population, including the under 18s. The first individuals to arrive in the UK were largely...

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