On the 5th June in central London, the leading international think-tank, IARS, and London Probation Trust will be launching new research on how probation services can be improved for black and minority ethnic offenders and victims. The new book Race in Probation: Achieving Better Outcomes for Black and Minority Ethnic Users of Probation Services analyse the current policy, financial and equality landscapes to posit evidence-based recommendations on how persistent inequalities can be addressed in probation.

Held on the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder, the research launch will be combined with the release of an edited publication on Stephen Lawrence’s legacy and how the Macpherson Report recommendations influenced subsequent changes within London Probation Trust. Progress has been made since the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, but the statistics and qualitative picture in London and nationally remains grim for many black and minority ethnic communities.

Professor Theo Gavrielides, IARS Director and co-author of the book, said: “It is indeed very brave to raise the mirror of responsibility and genuinely ask what can I do better for others. Asking an independent research charity to review current practice and identify areas for improvement must be commended, and I am very honoured to have been asked to lead on this important project. I am grateful to all those who supported us in reaching some firm and timely conclusions. The work begins now and I look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the launch event”.

Heather Munro, (Chief Executive of London Probation), Professor Professor Rod Morgan (ex-Chair of the Youth Justice Board and ex-Chief Inspector of Probation), Ian Lawrence (NAPO's Acting General Secretary), Doreen Lawrence (Stephen’s mother, tbc) and Tracey Ford (mother of murdered James Ford) are some of the speakers.

Heather Munro said: “We are pleased to hold this important and timely event with IARS. The launch of these two publications will hopefully help London Probation and other Probation Trusts to take the next steps in what the book calls ‘The New Path to Race Equality’”.

The event is free to attend and will be held at the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3TL. It will be followed by a book reception. Places are limited. To book http://www.iars.org.uk/content/IARSLPT2013 or email events@iars.org.uk The book can be pre-ordered from IARS’ Charity Bookstore http://iars.org.uk/content/IARSpublications

Release Date: 30/4/2013

Contact: Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Office line: 020 7820 0945, Direct mobile: 07955728951, Office Mobile: 07833224442 Ends.

 Notes to Editors

1.     IARS – Independent Academic Research Studies www.iars.org.uk

2.     London Probation Trust - http://www.london-probation.org.uk/

3.     Race in Probation project http://iars.org.uk/content/bme-probation


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