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Privatising the probation service: What works

IARS, represented by its Founder and Director Dr. Theo Gavrielides will be travelling to Llandudno to take part at NAPO’s  Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 17 – 19 October and present evidence on what works within the context of privitasing probation services.


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Tackling LBGT- and disability-based hate crime: a youth perspective

In August 2013 the Law Commission announced a public policy consultation into ‘Hate crime: the case for extending the existing offences’. This consultation questioned whether existing hate crime legislation should be extended to cover hate crime motivated by hostility on the basis of sexual orientation, transgender identity, or disability, in addition to the current protections for race and religion.


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IARS Annual Conference 2013: "Listening to Community Evidence: Race, Gender and Restorative Justice"

In a changing equality landscape certain community groups are relegated to the bottom of policy and funding agendas. To prevent the most marginalised voices from being drowned out, the call for action is greater than ever. Without such, our efforts to build a fairer and more inclusive society will prove futile (Follow on Twitter #IARS2013).

The conference is accredited with 6 CPD hours from the Bar Standards Board


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How can we improve relations between the police and young people?

In August 2013 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children announced a public consultation on children and the police. IARS has submitted a response that draws on our experiences of researching the police’s relationships with children and young people, how they seek to engage with them and children and young people’s views of the police. This is supported by views shared by 21 young people (19-25years) in a workshop on 9 September 2013, facilitated by our Big Lottery Fund programme London Youth Now.

Key points raised by IARS’ response:


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Defining the Role of Civil Society Organisations in Research

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director, and Andriana Ntziadima, IARS Promotions and Resources manager will be representing UK civil society organisations at the workshop “Participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Research” to be held in Lille (France) by CONSIDER on 26th September.

We welcome feedback that we can take with us to the meeting. Send them to T.Gavrielides@iars.org.uk by Tuesday 24th September 2013.


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New IARS staff: Calling all Refugee and asylum-seeking women

My name is Natalia and I joined the IARS team on 16 September. In my new Research and Policy Coordinator role, I will be mainly working on the Comic Relief and Matrix Chambers funded project with refugee and asylum-seeking women.


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PRESS RELEASE The voices of refugee women directly heard: it is now time to listen!

IARS, the leading international think-tank, pioneer in user-involvement and the application of user-led research methods, is proud to announce the launch of a new piece of research “Abused No More: The Voices of Refugee and Asylum-seeking Women”.


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What do young people think about police powers of stop and search?

In July 2013 the Home Office announced a public consultation into ‘Police powers of stop and search’. IARS and the 99% Campaign have submitted a joint response that focuses specifically on the implications of proposals set out in this consultation for young people in the UK.