With the uptick of youth in secure institutions, high rates of youth reoffending and lack of social responsibility associated with running quality custody centres, reform of the youth justice system some have tried to interject the issue into the spotlight. Of course, with Brexit and the recent election, domestic issues pertaining to youth offenders have lost attention in the public eye.
I was reading with interest about Sir Vince Cable's views on the impact of Brexit on young people (see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40842017). Sir Vince clearly takes the view that the youth of Britain have had a raw deal following the decision of the majority to leave the European Union and he may have a good point. This was particularly interesting as I've had an interesting week working with our Youth projects this week.
Emily Lanham is the IARS International Institute’s Youth Projects Coordinator.
The IARS International Institute is delighted to be appointed as an approved provider for the Impact Management Programme, funded by the Access Foundation and Power to Change. The programme offers a total of £1.8m of funding to charities and social enterprises to help them manage their impact capabilities and diversify through access to social investment and contracts.
Last week, Chioma Wuche, finished her internship as the Equalities Projects Intern. Here is what Chioma has to say about her time interning for IARS:
The dialogue between communities and their local police force can be wrought with tension. While there are positive stories in the news about police officers creating genuine connections with the public, enough is not yet done to make community members feel connected with their local authorities.
Youth custody centres are meant to be a safe holding for young offenders, however, a startling 2017 report found that all the observed centres in England and Wales were deemed unsafe. Peter Clark, the former Met Police head of Counter-terrorism compiled this report and came forth with concerning observations. In what Clark called a “cycle of violence”, has led to the declining safety in youth custody centres.
The 6 day training event in Poland was hosted by the Association for Legal intervention in Warsaw Poland. The main aims of the event were to:
- Raise awareness of the particular needs of marginalised young people but also bring to light the realities of the marginalisation they face.
- Develop new skills of working with young people.
- Provide useful methods and tools that can be applied to our organisations target groups.
IARS is currently looking for people who would be interested in the following areas of work to join our team as interns:
- Justice Projects Intern
What will you do as an intern?