On the 27th September, IARS will be hosting an International Roundtable Event to discuss the challenges and opportunities that confront societies seeking to improve the labour market integration of migrants and refugees, with a particular focus on the UK. This event provides a platform from which to discuss this pressing public policy issue from a diverse set of experiences, perspectives, and theoretical angles. We shall be hearing from academics, authors, activists, mental-health workers, journalists, refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers.
As the new academic year approaches we are looking to kickstart several new youth programmes here at IARS and to do so, we need your voice.
Hello! My name is Emily Lanham, I am the new Project Coordinator responsible for delivering and coordinating IARS' youth stream. I started this week and am incredibly excited to jump in to this role at such a critical time for IARS' projects, young people and the world as a whole. I hope we can help make a positive impact on our local and international communities. I just wanted to put up this brief blog to tell you about myself and why I came to IARS.
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.