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1. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities – a discussion paper

This discussion paper follows ROTA’s ‘Shaping the Future’ seminar series, which considered educational reforms and the current state of play in terms of educational inequality. During the series which ran between November 2011 and February 2013, there was a discussion point raised which caused concern; the point that was raised a number of times was that growing numbers of BAME children and young people are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and pressurized to take medication by healthcare professionals and schools.

Since this series ROTA has launched this discussion paper to evoke discussions around this area and explore the topic further.

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2. Shaping the future: Getting the best for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Children and Young People - Seminar series report

Between November 2011 and October 2013 ROTA delivered the Shaping the Future seminar series, which considered some of the main challenges facing London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children and young people, following a difficult economic period and wide-spread policy reforms and public spending cuts.

This final report provides an overview of the seminars and summarises the broad ranging discussions that took place along with the solutions posed by participants to some of the key challenges identified. The report includes a range of recommendations for various stakeholders including national government, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Greater London Authority (GLA), Ofsted, the public sector, initial teacher training institutions, local authorities, the BAME voluntary sector, school alliances, academy sponsors and chain, schools and parents.

Read 'Shaping the future - Seminar report'

3. Do free schools help to build an equal society?

This research report written by education consultant Bill Bolloten and staff at ROTA is an assessment of how free schools are complying with statutory requirements on equality; it provides detailed findings and recommendations for free school governors, the Department for Education, the New Schools Network, Ofsted and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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4. Media representations of black young men and boys - Report of the REACH media monitoring project

This report provides an extensive analysis of media coverage of black young men and boys in the British news and current affairs media. The central aim of the research is to understand how the news media represent black young men and boys, and specifically, to consider whether there is evidence of negative stereotyping of black young men and boys in the news media.

Read 'REACH media monitoring project' report

5. Black Children’s Achievement Programme Evaluation

In 2007 The Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned The Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University to conduct a small-scale two-year evaluation of the Primary Black Children’s Achievement (BCA) Programme. 1.          Black Children’s Achievement Programme Evaluation sought to identify effective practice (at school and local authority level) that could usefully be adopted by a wider range of schools and local authorities.

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6. Just Justice - A study into black young people’s experiences of the youth justice system

The over-representation of black young people in the youth justice system is well documented. Yet relatively little is known about how young black people experience and perceive the youth justice system. The Just Justice research project has sought to fill this gap by exploring young people’s perceptions about their day-to-day encounters with justice agencies in the community and custody and the strategies they employ in relation to these agencies.

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7. An exploration of African-Caribbean boys’ underachievement and their stories of schooling

This study investigates why African-Caribbean boys continue to underachieve in schools. It is based on an extensive study of one Inner London school and has also involved a thorough review of the existing literature about why this particular group of students do not fulfil their potential.

Read 'An exploration of African-Caribbean boys’ underachievement and their stories of schooling'

8. Exploring the needs of young Black and Minority Ethnic offenders and the provision of targeted interventions

This report, by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, King’s College London, and Nacro’s Youth Crime Section, was commissioned by the YJB. It explores the needs of young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) offenders and the provision of targeted interventions by youth offending teams (YOTs). The focus of the study was to identify whether there are differences in needs between ethnic groups and to assess the preparedness of YOTs and establishments within the secure estate to respond to them.

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9. Differential treatment in the youth justice system

Black teenagers tend to be over-represented in robbery and drug offences, while Asian teenagers tend to be under-represented in all types of crime (Jones and Singer, 2008). Statistics on race in the criminal justice system are collected annually under the Criminal Justice Act 1991 Section 95, while there also exists an increasing body of research evidencing disproportionality – for example, May et al. (forthcoming), Feilzer and Hood (2004), and Bowling and Phillips (2002). 

Assessing the reasons for disproportionality of ethnic minorities in the youth justice system is far from straightforward. This study, however, presents new evidence to help explain how young people are brought into the youth justice system and what happens to them as they pass through it.

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10. Young Black Men and The Connexions Service

This report aims to explore with young black men their expectations and aspirations and how they can be assisted in realising them; To identify the causes of disengagement amongst young black males; To highlight the factors that contribute towards a successful engagement with the world of school, training, work and society, in order to explore the differences and similarities between disaffected young black men and their successful counterparts; To develop shared knowledge and a shared language for working with disaffected and disengaged young males To give voice to the young men and thus engage them in finding solutions To explore the views of significant adult authority figures and providers of services for young people.

Read 'Young Black Men and The Connexions Service'

11.Black youth on the margins

This review explores the wide range of areas in which minority ethnic young have been found to be disadvantaged. Research evidence suggests that, unless areas of risk and vulnerability are seriously addressed at policy and practice level, minority ethnic young people at the margins of society will become increasingly disaffected and alienated.

Read 'Black youth on the margins' review

12.Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System Second Report of Session 2006–07 Volume I

The aim of this report was to go beyond the statistics and establish whether patterns of criminal behaviour among young black people differ in any significant way from patterns of crime amongst other young people—and whether any significant policies are required to tackle this. The inquiry aimed to establish the full range of possible causes of young black people’s overrepresentation in the system; we were also keen to understand the nature and extent of overrepresentation of young black people as victims of some crimes

Read ‘Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System Second Report’

13. Black Caribbean Young Men’s Experiences of Education and Employment

The overall aim of the study was to provide information on those young men for whom limited information was available, that is young men whose family origins were Black Caribbean and who are fairly well qualified. By looking at this group a picture of those respondents with successful labour market outcomes could be built up.  

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14. Black role models and the news

This paper explores the news and journalistic discourses surrounding the concept of the role model in the UK. It draws upon news content and semi-structured interviews with journalists from a wider study commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government exploring the media image of Black young men and boys in 2009-10.

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15.The gang and beyond addressing the impact of gang activity in the capital

In 2010 London Councils commissioned London Metropolitan University (LMU) to carry out research that would provide officers and practitioners with an insight into the characteristics of gangs and street groups in London. This paper discusses and summarises some of the issues raised in the LMU report, Confronting London’s Violent Street World: The gang and beyond. It also presents some of the key issues raised by panellists and officers at a practitioners’ seminar held by London Councils on 3 November 2010. The paper offers useful suggestions for improving existing services and programmes targeted at reducing the impact of gang activity in the capital.

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