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IARS joins forces with Eurodesk UK to promote opportunities for young people across Europe

The IARS International Institute is pleased to announce our newly established partnership with Eurodesk UK.  The Eurodesk network is a recognised support structure under Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.

Eurodesk UK aims to inform young people and youth organisations about mobility opportunities in Europe. In doing so, it supports the Erasmus+ programme but can also promote other activities beyond Erasmus+.

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IARS submission to Hate crime Inquiry

Today, as a follow up to our hate crime update posted earlier this month (click here), the IARS International Institute submitted its response to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Hate Crime and its Violent Consequences. IARS has a strong history of youth-led research, policy and advocacy in relation to combating the causes and consequences of hate crime. This has included:

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Vacancy: London Restorative Justice User Scrutiny Panel Member

The IARS International Institute is currently recruiting for 5 individuals with lived experience of being a victim of (any) crime, and 2 restorative justice practitioners, to fill 7 vacancies to act as members of London Restorative Justice User Scrutiny Panel (Scrutiny Panel) alongside the independent Chair.

The posts are offered on a voluntary basis with compensation of up to £80 per meeting for out of pocket expenses. Meetings will be held on a bi-monthly basis in central London and members are expected to commit to at least 12 months (renewable).

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James Alexander

Projects Coordinator (Equalities)

James Alexander is the Equalities Project Coordinator at IARS.  In this role James coordinates th

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HM Inspectorate of Prisons Annual Report 2015-16: Chief Inspector warns that prisons unacceptably violent and dangerous

The Inspectorate’s 2015-2016 Annual report finds that prisons have not improved and in some key areas, have become even worse.

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Nominations open for the 5th IARS Youth Awards in Celebration of International Youth Day

The IARS International Institute in partnership with the youth-led 99% Campaign mark the celebration of International Youth Day 2016 by announcing their 5th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2016. The International Youth Day was set up in December 1999 following the United Nations General Assembly’s endorsement of the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998).

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The 99% Campaign is recruiting young people aged 15-25 to assist in the design and development of the 99% Campaign Magazine 2016!

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Hate Crime Update - New Govt Action Plan, Inquiry & EHRC Report

Government Hate Crime Action Plan 2016

The Government has recently published their hate crime action plan for 2016, ‘Action against Hate: the UK government’s plan for tackling hate crime‘, setting out the government’s plan of actions to deal with hate crime until May 2020. It applies to England and Wales only.

It outlines actions the government will take to:

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Justice Committee launches inquiry into prison reforms


The Justice Committee has announced an inquiry into the Government’s announced prison reform programme. The inquiry will operate on the assumption that, as indicated by the new Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, there will be no further substantial changes to the significant programme of reforms to prisons that have already bene announced, including:

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Mike Penning details inconsistent PCC spending on RJ services

As part of the Justice Select Committee Inquiry into Restorative Justice, the Minister of State for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims, Mike Penning, has provided written evidence as to the amount of funding spent by each Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) across England and Wales in commissioning restorative justice services between 2013 - 2016. The evidence also provides accompanying narratives on how the money was spent and what types of services have been established or engaged.

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