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The Young Review Phase II Independent Advisory Group

Following the launch of the report of the Young Review in December 2014, an interim independent advisory group, chaired by Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, was set up. Working with government and other agencies, it aimed to improve outcomes for young black and/or Muslim male offenders.

After a successful recruitment we have now finalised the membership of what is now the Young Review Phase II Independent Advisory Group (IAG).

The individuals appointed reflect a wide range of expertise and experience and have a strong desire to make a real difference. These are voluntary positions and run for an initial three-year term.

The IAG will work closely with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and National Offender Management Service (NOMS) on implementing the recommendations from the Young Review report and establish a focal point for government to work proactively with a range of community partners, academics, user representatives and interest groups to ensure long term improvement in outcomes for young black and/or Muslim offenders.

You will be aware of the significant developments since the review was published including various Government sponsored reviews into aspects of the CJS; the Lammy Review and the introduction of autonomous prisons being two recent initiatives. We cannot afford to let all the changes, and potential changes, in the CJS eclipse our focus on young black and/or Muslim men. They will still need to experience a CJS that recognises, values and respects their individuality and the importance of cultural identity and/or faith.

BTEG is leading the Young Review Phase II and focused on the implementation of The Young Review (2014) recommendations (listed at the end of this document). BTEG’s role as the IAG Secretariat is to provide quality support and drive forward agreed actions with members. The team delivering on the Phase II objectives are:

Baroness Young (20 days a year)

Jeremy Crook OBE, BTEG Chief Executive

Mark Blake, BTEG Project Development Officer (3 days per week)

Phil Flynn, BTEG Project Support Officer (I day per week) 

Dale Simon CBE, BTEG Advocate Consultant (3 days per month)

BTEG and Clinks continue to work closely. Both organisations share strategic objectives to improve outcomes for BAME offenders and believe that the voluntary and community sector has a key role to play in reducing reoffending and resettling offenders back into their communities. Clinks continues to host the Young Review Phase II website.

Phase II Steering Group

The Steering Group (SG) role is to oversee and monitor the implementation of the YR PII Strategic Plan, consider the resource requirement and the sustainability of the work. The SG meets three times per year and the members are listed in this diagram.

We are delighted that Barrow Cadbury Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Lankelly Chase Foundation are supporting the Young Review Phase II and are actively involved. Baroness Lola Young has been instrumental in making sure there was a Phase II and provides invaluable leadership and influence as Chair of the IAG. 

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