Disproportionality Project, Evaluation Report - Islington and Haringey YOTs (October 2020)

Summary:  Attached is the evaluation report concerning the a programme designed to tackle key issues in regards to disproportionality of BAME children in the CJS in Islington and Haringey Services.




The Disproportionality Project: Addressing issues relating to the disproportionately high representation of Islington’s and Haringey’s BAME young people in the Criminal Justice System is concerned with evaluating a programme  in Islington and Haringey.  The programme was designed to tackle key issues and outcomes relating to the disproportionate representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children in the Criminal Justice System and beyond.

The project sought to improve awareness and the capacity of staff working with children, from BAME communities, through training for staff working with those children and a capacity building and engagement programme to parents and carers in local communities from BAME backgrounds.
The training project had four main outcomes:

1.  To provide training around Adverse Childhood Experiences within BAME communities.

2.  Setting up an initiative whereby parents from BAME backgrounds have a safe space to discuss the pressures associated with their children’s involvement in ASB and/or offending behaviour and the structural and societal pressures they face.

3.  To better support children and their families from the poor outcomes and lack of opportunity which unfortunately, is more prevalent in BAME individuals and families due to a variety of societal factors including institutionalised racism.

4.  This intervention ultimately is about strengthening communities who have been marginalized by analysing disproportionality at a local level. Supporting the community from a cultural approach, where experiences are shared, will strengthen the community. It will also influence Islington and Haringey to shape and improve the services provided, so that children and their families are supported to (improve outcomes and opportunities so they can) ‘live their best life’.

A number of recommendations were proposed within the evaluation report, which should support Islington and Haringey (as well as any YOT around the country) to improve practice and outcomes for children and families.

The training course for staff, parent and children’s workshop and the consequent research and evaluation were funded through YJB Pathfinder and Centre for City Criminology, City, University of London. 




YOT:   Haringey Youth Justice Service and Islington Youth Offending Service
Name:  Matthew Knights and Curtis Ashton 
Email:  matthew.knights@haringey.gov.uk and curtis.ashton@islington.gov.uk
Partner organisation:  info@aimhighproject.co.uk