Black youth offenders over represented

BYOA council report informs that the Black/African/Caribbean/Black British group has been consistently over represented in youth offending services over the years. For example, 32.4% in 2014/15 while making up only 12.9% of Harrow’s 10-17 population.
Compared with this, the Asian youth offending population was 24.5% for the same period while making up 41.1% of the 10-17 population. The mixed ethnic and White youth offenders were represented in line with their respective population.
In 2011 HMI Probation undertook a Core Case Inspection of youth offending work in Harrow and found the need for substantial improvement in the areas of safeguarding, public protection (likelihood of reoffending) and drastic improvement in Public protection (risk of harm).
In 2014 a Short Quality Screening inspection by HMI Probation highlighted that significant improvement is needed in the quality of management as well as to implement measures to improve safeguarding urgently.
This, like the provisions for the Looked After Children (CLA), is another area of the education directorate’s work that produces wordy reports and layers of talk shop structures after a critical inspection (almost failing) to be followed by yet another equally critical inspection.
We hope that under the restructured senior management regime, such failures would not be rewarded at any levels!
Having identified the over representation by the Black youth, the Harrow Youth Offending Partnership Youth Justice Plan for 2015-18, more interested in arguing for increased funding, fails to address such an imbalance. What an omission.
Speaking to the Harrow Monitoring Group, a Black professional, who has long experience of young offenders nationally and who does not wish to be named, identified some key reasons for the Black youths over representation. These include (a) more custodial sentences because of the institutional practices within the criminal justice system (b) not enough role models and where there are, they are institutionalised and afraid to speak out (c) low expectations (d) lack of the education resources like an appropriate library.
The Harrow council has yet to comment!

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