Research Publications

As an organisation ROTA has made the decision to refrain from using the term ‘BAME’ to identify anyone that is subject to racialisation. We recognise that the term has previously been used in our publications however; we have since reviewed this and acknowledge that it is non specific, lacks nuance, and generalises anyone that deviates from what is classified as white which is of course deeply problematic. With this in mind, we will instead use the term ‘globalmajority’, or specify the racial identification of the individual that we are making reference to in this report.

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ROTA (March 2011) The Female Voice in Violence Project. Final report: This is it. This is my life...

FVV report coverThe 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?

Download the final FVV report here. Hard copies of the report are available on request.

ROTA (February 2010) The Female Voice in Violence Project

FVV report coverThe 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.

Download the FVV report here. Hard copies of the report are available at £25 each. Please contact Saifur Valli.

MiNet (June 2009) The Economic Downturn and the Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) third sector

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.

Download the executive summary here.

ROTA (May 2009) Marking the 10th Anniversary of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

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

Download the post-conference report here.

Race on the Agenda (April 2009) ROTA Consultation of London's BAME Sector: Identifying Social Policy Priorities

BASIS report coverThis interim report has two specific aims:

  1. To identify a social policy priority for the sector that will be developed into a research project in 2009-2010 led by the policy officer, an intern and ROTA.
  2. To identify at least five social policy areas for ROTA to focus on for the next two years; informing consultations in which ROTA will partake and policymakers who they attempt to influence.

Download the interim report here.

Race on the Agenda (November 2008) Effective Commissioning to reduce re-offending

ROTA CLINKS effective coverCLiNKS, 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.

Download the executive summary here.

Download the full CLiNKS report here.

Race on the Agenda (November 2008) Less Equal Than Others: The Race for Justice Campaign

Race for justice coverOn 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.

Download the report here.

Race on the Agenda (July 2008) Barriers to Employment Skills and Training among Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Londoners. London: ROTA\LGBT Consortium\Urban Inclusion

Barriers to Employment Skills and Training among Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Londoners coverThe purpose of the research was to establish a preliminary baseline dataset of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) community, supported by primary and secondary research and qualitative narrative on the barriers to employment, skills and training for Londoners with an alternative sexual identity.

ROTA report with LGBT consortium and Urban Inclusion.

Download the executive summary here.

Race on the Agenda (April 2008) Addressing hate crime through Restorative Justice and cross sector partnerships: A London study

RRP report coverThe Restoring Relationships Project (RRP) is a London-wide initiative, which aims to help reduce hate crime and its impact. The project started in June 2006 and is run by Race on the Agenda (ROTA), a social policy think-tank that has been active since 1986. This report presents the findings of the 2 year project and posits recocomendations on how to address hate crime through alternative dispute methodologies and multi-agency partnerships.

Download the report here.


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