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Background and aims

Background and aims


• The Young Review is pleased to announce the appointment of our Advocate Dale Simon who will work closely with Baroness Young and the team to ensure high level engagement across government with the Young Review’s recommendations.

• We are delighted that the Prime Minister has announced a review of racial bias and over representation of BAME individuals in the criminal justice system, to be led by David Lammy MP. We look forward to working with David Lammy and his team.


Now in its second phase, led by the Black Training and Enterprise Group, the Young Review is working to take forward the recommendations from its report which was launched in December 2014.

Improving outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System requires long term commitment. The Young Review will continue to work with communities, voluntary sector organisations, ex-offenders, private and public providers and government to address this challenge.

Funds to support Phase II of the review have been sought from independent charitable trusts and we would like to thank the Barrow Cadbury Trust, Lankelly Chase Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for their invaluable support.


An interim advisory group has met twice since March 2015, below are some of the key developments which will take place over the coming months:

• Baroness Young to meet Secretary of State Michael Gove in Autumn 2015
• Representatives from the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies will be invited to a roundtable meeting with Baroness Young in Autumn 2015
• We will be working with colleagues at NOMS and MOJ over the coming months to agree a set of key indicators for the Independent Advisory Group to monitor
• NOMS will be launching their Equality Strategy in Autumn 2015 and the Independent Advisory Group will provide ongoing support for its implementation as it relates to the Young Review recommendations
• The Young Review will be making a submission to the Justice Select Committee Young Adult Offenders Inquiry


Phase I of The Young Review ran for one year from Autumn 2013, publishing it's final report in December 2014. Building on a previous round table on ‘How the commissioning process can improve outcomes for BAME offenders?’ chaired by Baroness Young and convened by BTEG and Clinks, The Young Review brought together a Task Group of representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors in order to:

  • Provide recommendations for current and future policy, practice and commissioning arrangements to address the disparity in outcomes experienced by young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system;
  • contribute towards commissioning design to ensure that the needs of service users from this target group are met;
  • identify gaps and ways that commissioners and providers could be better placed to understand the evidence base;
  • provide examples of good practice;
  • and assist in the development of a collaborative approach to tackling disproportionate outcomes for young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system.